Welcome to Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center's mission is to extend dignity and respect to all individuals and families while connecting them to housing, food and services within their communities.

Our vision is to create a community where everyone is home and all are fed!

Beth-El Center is a 501c3, nonprofit organization that has two programs: a 34 bed homeless shelter and a food service program.  [ more ]

News & Events

Beth-El's Shelter Operations Move to Local Motels

As COVID positivity rates continue to rise, the Beth-El Center is shifting its 24/7 shelter operations to motels to provide safe, independent shelter for families, individuals and veterans experiencing homelessness during this crisis. With this, our 90 New Haven Avenue Milford location will only be open for food program and administrative purposes now through March 15, 2021.

As an extra precaution, the Beth-El Center will not be accepting donations until after the Christmas holiday when the administrative staff returns to the Center. [ more ]

A Father and Son’s Plight with Homelessness

Stephan, a former Beth-El Center shelter resident, has a story that is very different from most other men who experience homelessness. He and his son, Jullien (who was four at the time), together experienced the trauma and difficulties of not having a place to call home.

Jullien's mother, who struggled with substance abuse, left him when he was two years old. Stephan, knowing he would always be there for his son, became a single dad. "Being a dad has made me a better person but I'm still learning. My uncle once told me that I need to have patience in order to be a good dad, so I've learned to be patient," says Stephan. [ more ]

Please Support Our Annual Appeal

Your donations are extremely important because they offer immediate resources that allow us to sustain vital services to a community in need.

Your past contributions have helped us become the area's leader in caring for and meeting the needs of homeless and hungry individuals and families.

Donations from generous supporters like you are needed now as we face the winter season and the surge of COVID-19.more ]

Milford Trick or Trot 5K Event Raises $37,030 for Beth-El Center

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford received a $37,030 donation from the proceeds of the 9th Annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser held virtually on October 31- November 2, 2020. On December 24, 2020, event organizers and sponsors Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C. and Sikorsky Credit Union presented the donation to the Center's Executive Director Jenn Paradis. [ more ]

CT Rental and Foreclosure Relief Fund Program

Beginning July 15, 2020, the state of CT has launched it's rental and foreclosure relief fund program for all residents impacted by COVID-19. 

Please click below for more information about each program:

Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program

Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program

Milford Community Resource Assistance
If you're in need of food, housing, utility assistance, healthcare or employment, resources are available to help. Watch this video below or click here for a full list of local supports.

Call 2-1-1! To Help Those in Need of Housing and Shelter

Connecticut's Coordinated Entry guidelines now require that anyone seeking emergency shelter and housing go through the state's 2-1-1 system. Just dial 2-1-1, select Option 3 and then select Option 1.

Callers in need of housing or shelter will reach a trained Housing Specialist who will perform an initial assessment, make referrals as needed and schedule an appointment with a duty services coordinator. This does not guarantee immediate shelter or housing placement. [ more ]

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