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

You're Invited to: The Intersection of Homelessness and Mental Health- A Virtual Community Discussion on April 27

This Zoom/Facebook Live presentation, hosted by Jen Fiorillo, Bridges Healthcare President & CEO and Jennifer Paradis, Beth-El Center, Inc. Executive Director on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30pm, intends to open dialogue around the intersection of homelessness and access to mental health services. We'll discuss the community programs and practices that are focused on reducing barriers and increasing positive outcomes for this population.

To break down the stigma of mental health and homelessness, we'll offer data and personal testimony from previously homeless individuals. Our panelists will discuss their specific program interventions that treat housing as healthcare.

The goal of this community conversation is to identify the key efforts necessary to increase service engagement and to reduce barriers to access healthcare and homeless services for all! Please join us via Zoom or Facebook Live. [ more ]

We're Hiring!

Beth-El Center currently has the following staff positions open. Please click on each job for further details:

Human Resources Manager

The HR Manager is a newly developed full-time position that will manage the human resources function (inclusive of volunteer recordkeeping) in order to maintain compliance with all aspects of employee documentation, payroll and benefits, recruitment, training and performance review.

Outreach Navigator

To identify and build rapport with homeless individuals and families living on the street or in vehicles (unsheltered).,Navigators will assist clients in breaking the cycle of homelessness by moving from the street to housing, accessing necessary support services, and rapidly obtaining permanent housing.

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Panhandling in Milford: A Community Response

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 ]

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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