Welcome to Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center's mission is to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations. 

Our vision is to care for and meet the needs of the hungry and homeless and to prevent and end homelessness.

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 Beth-El Center's Spring Gala Fundraiser

Make a difference in the lives of the homeless and hungry in the Milford area.

Beth-El Center's annual 'Light the Way' Spring Gala will be held on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 from 6:00 to 10:00pm at Mill River Country Club in Stratford. Funds raised will support the Center's mission to alleviate poverty, hunger and homelessness in the Milford area.

The event includes a cocktail hour, dinner, music, dancing, live and silent auctions and a new awards ceremony.

The Beth-El Individual 'Champion Award' will be given to Richard Meisenheimer, managing director of the Meisenheimer Foundation and the Beth-El Business 'Champion Award' will be bestowed on Bobette Moore and Gary Caulfield, co-owners of Bobette's Take Out in Milford. Award recipients have provided long-time contributions and commitment to Beth-El Center and its mission.

The Gala's emcee will be Tim Lammers, anchor for the FOX61 Morning News. Beth-El Board Chairman Ed Davies will serve as the event's auctioneer.

"We appreciate all who attend our Gala fundraiser to support Beth-El Center in our continued efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and build programs and services necessary to support long term change for the most vulnerable members of our community," says Jennifer Paradis, Beth-El Center's Executive Director.

Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person. Reserve your tickets online or call 203.876.0747


Beth-El Center Winter Newsletter

Read our Winter newsletter to learn about a mother and her children who fled domestic violence and found refuge at our Center. Check out some upcoming community fundraisers for Beth-El and lots more news and info! [ more ]


Disability from Arthritis Results in Job and Housing Loss for Local Man

Steve, age 57, came to the Beth-El Center through our outreach and engagement efforts during our Soup Kitchen lunch service. Steve was diagnosed with severe arthritis causing him to lose his job as a construction site manager. His situation snowballed and resulted in the loss of his housing and him going through all of his savings, forcing him to live in his vehicle. [ 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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