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.

Our Founding Churches

  • Christ the Redeemer Church
  • St. Gabriel’s Church
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • The First United Church of Christ, Congregational
  • United Presbyterian Church

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