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Ending Homelessness: Building Our Vision Together - A Supporter Recognition Event and Community Discussion

Please join us at this virtual special event on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 6:30pm to hear a discussion about the end of homelessness in the greater Milford community! [ more ]

We Never Closed

During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in March, while many services in the Milford community were shutting down, the Beth-El Center remained open to serve the community.

Read about Beth-El Center's nonstop efforts to provide food, housing and support services to those in need throughout the pandemic in a Hearst Media article.

Beth-El Center Summer Newsletter 2020

In our Summer newsletter edition, read two testimonials of clients who stayed at our Center and have successfully moved on to permanent housing. Plus read Jenn Paradis' editorial about HUD's New Transgender Shelter Access Rule. [ more ]

New Intervention Hire to Reduce Need for Emergency Shelter Services for Those at High Risk for Homelessness

Through a partnership with the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford and the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Beth-El Center will now be providing shelter diversion services along the Connecticut shoreline from Milford to Madison.

Through its newly-formed shoreline diversion specialist staff position, Beth-El Center will be streamlining its efforts to prevent homelessness by identifying and supporting individuals and families throughout the shoreline area who are housing unstable and at the brink of homelessness. The diversion specialist will be assisting those who are at high risk for homelessness by identifying alternate housing arrangements and connecting them with services to help them return to permanent housing without entering into the emergency homeless response system. [ more ]

Editorial: HUD’s New Transgender Shelter Access Rule

As the Executive Director of the Beth-El Center, an inclusive emergency shelter program but more importantly as a member of the LGBTQ+ community I experienced homelessness as a queer youth throughout high school and college. Knowing firsthand how quickly one's stability can be lost and how important formal shelter supports are to meeting basic survival needs and realizing one's full potential, I hope to provide context to the proposed changes of HUD's Equal Access Rule and to stand with other leaders in the LGBTQA+ and housing justice community to say: NOT IN OUR NAME. [ more ]

9th Annual Milford Trick or Trot VIRTUAL 5K Run/Walk

Register Now!

The 9th Annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk to benefit The Beth-El Center in Milford, CT will take place virtually this year Saturday, October 31- Monday, November 2, 2020.. Run or walk on your own or with a group (while physically distancing) to support people experiencing hunger and homelessness in our community.more ]

Beth-El Center Receives Foundation Grant for Immediate Care and Long-Term Self-Sufficiency of Growing Housing Unstable Population

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford has been awarded a $90,000 multi-year grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The grant will be paid out in $30,000 increments over three years to provide general operating assistance for the shelter, its support services, advocacy and community education. [ more ]

Senator Blumenthal Meets with Jenn Paradis and other Service Providers about COVID-19 Crisis Response

Advocates Worry Over Lack of Clean Water, Bathroom Facilities For The Homeless

MILFORD, CT – Some service providers have been able to get unsheltered homeless individuals into hotel rooms as the number of state residents testing positive for COVID-19 increases every day.

But there are still areas of the state where people living on the streets or in tents have no access to clean water or bathroom facilities to help stop the spread of the disease, state officials said.

"Municipalities need to step up and provide basic dignity and respect," said Jennifer Paradis, executive director of Beth-El Center, shelter for the homeless in Milford. "We have public showers and bathrooms that we are allowing anyone to use."


Beth-El Center Strategic Plan 2019-20

Beth-El Center has created a strategic plan to develop a roadmap for organizational development over the next two to three years. The plan is intended to drive positive change while embracing continuity and to provide a sharper focus for alleviating homelessness and hunger in the Milford area. Read the full plan here: [ more ]

Beth-El Staff Member Certified to Assist Clients with Social Security/ Social Security Disability

Beth-El Center's Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager, Nicole Nickerson, is now SOAR certified. SOAR (Social Security/Social Security Disability Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. [ more ]

Call 2-1-1 if You're in Need of Housing and Shelter

Anyone seeking emergency shelter and housing should dial 2-1-1, Select option 3 then option 1. [ more ]

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