Over 30 years ago, a small group of Milford clergy and lay people called a meeting to discuss how people of faith could respond to the needs of hungry and homeless in greater New Haven.
Homelessness, a rarity outside cities prior to the 1970's, had moved to suburbs like Milford by 1980. In 1981, an interfaith group founded Combined Parishes Action Committee (CPAC), opened a soup kitchen in a local Episcopal church and in 1986 a shelter for homeless men, women and families.
The shelter and soup kitchen moved to its current location, the Beth-El Center, in 1995.
90 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
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.