Programs at a Glance .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .



Basic Needs: Food and Shelter

Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents.  




Community Outreach and Homelessness Prevention

PATH staff reach out to chronically homeless people living in abandoned buildings, doorways, parks, makeshift tents, shacks or under bridges. Most have burned their bridges and are either underserved or without support.




Permanent Supportive Housing

Arch Street Housing is a community of once-homeless individuals and families who have overcome tremendous challenges toward the goal of living independently in apartments of their own.


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You can help bring happiness this holiday season, especially to children and families in the Friendship Service Center of New Britain's Supportive Housing Programs. Many residents are housed with little more than the clothes on their backs and hope for a better future. With your help, we can provide essentials for the home and all family members this season! This in return will create a happier, more fulfilling,
self-sufficient life for our clients. 

For information about how to adopt a family, see this link!

Christmas 2016 Adopt a Family list_rev.pdf

Past Years Volunteers 

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 Be the Light on the Longest Night

The Friends of the Friendship Service Center are hosting their annual fundraiser with the sale of luminary kits to mark the longest night of the year. December 21st will be the longest night of 2016 -- a milestone when those who are homeless and died in the past year are memorialized during services across the nation. New Britain's service will be at the Erwin Chapel at South Church at 2 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The kits are being sold for $5 and come with everything needed to light a luminary along with instructions. The lunimaries are meant to be lit and placed outside of homes, churches, or businesses on December 21st to call attention to the plight of the homeless. All proceeds go towards those living at the Friendship Center shelter and their other housing programs.

Luminary Kits are available at: The New Britain Downtown Visitor Center at 66 West Main Street in New Britain, Good Cause Gifts at 384 Main Street in Berlin, Bethany Covenant Church at 785 Mill Street in Berlin, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services at 30 Fenn Road in Newington, and The Friendship Service Center at 85 Arch Street in New Britain.