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

Pass the Guitar- a benefit for the Beth-El Center

Pass the Guitar is a movement across our state, bringing musicians and communities together for a purpose. Hosted by the Milford Arts Council and Frank Critelli, member of The Bargain Band and host of WPLR's The Local Band Show, it will showcase 20 local performers on the MAC stage, sharing but one guitar. As they "pass the guitar", volunteers from Beth El Center and All in for Milford will be passing the basket for donations.

Entrance is free but please bring your generosity to this fundraiser to support those in our community experiencing homelessness and hunger.

The event is on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 7pm at Milford Arts Council 40 Railroad Ave. in Milford.

Single Woman Relies on Food Support for Stability

Susan regularly uses Beth-El Center's Soup Kitchen to supplement her food needs. She takes a bus from her apartment almost daily to get the hot lunch and a bagged meal- to-go that Beth- El Center offers.

Susan is back on her feet now but when times were tough, the Beth-El Center was there to assist her.

For years, Susan took care of her ailing grandmother and lived with her in West Haven for nine years. Susan gave up her pursuit of a nursing career to take care of her. When her beloved grandmother passed away, she left Susan her house. But Susan was unable to afford the taxes and bills associated with the house so she had to sell it. Because her grandmother had taken out a reverse mortgage on the house, Susan ended up with nothing. [ more ]

Beth-El Center Receives Funding from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal

Beth-El Center recently received a $5,000.00 donation from the Archbishop's Annual Appeal through its Vicariate Outreach Program.

"Beth-El Center is very grateful to receive funding from the Archdiocese of Hartford," says Jennifer Paradis, Executive Director of Beth-El Center. "As so many households are impacted by illness, low wages, inflation and loss of hope, the basic needs of our community continue to grow. This funding helps the Beth-El Center continue to respond to the increased demand for food, stable housing and support services. The Center continues to serve as the light needed to get our clients through difficult times." [ more ]

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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