Stories of Support, Hope & Change

Acceptance, Respect and Understanding Found at Beth-El Center

Each year the Beth-El Center changes many lives. Below are just a few for your reflection. If you are inspired by these stories, please Donate to Beth-El Center Today!

From Homeless to Housed During COVID

Kevin found himself homeless in late 2019. His problem with alcoholism resulted in his divorce, isolation from his adult children and his homelessness. During this time of despair, he spent several weeks wandering the streets, occasionally finding refuge at the Milford Library.

Once he found his sobriety, Kevin was then referred to the Beth-El Center and spent 3-4 weeks staying at the Center's No Freeze Shelter while working at a Mexican restaurant as a dishwasher. Even though the shelter closes at 10 p.m., Kevin said the staff always let him in later after he finished work and made sure he was safe. He was able to use the shelter's showers and received clothes and toiletries while staying there. [ more ]

Acceptance, Respect and Understanding Found at Beth-El Center

Jason Hurley was trying to get back on his feet after overcoming problems with drug and alcohol addiction.  He was clean but homeless and living in his car with his dog Patch.

Through 2-1-1, Jason came to stay at the Beth El Center.  Identifying as a transgender man, Jason found safety, security and acceptance at the Center. In Jason's previous experiences in rehab, his identifying as a man wasn't understood or respected.  "My stay at the Beth-El Center was a life changing experience for me" ... [ more ]

Homeless Pregnant Woman Finds Refuge and Guidance at Beth-El Center

Sitting in a McDonald's parking lot with nowhere to go, Samantha received the phone call that changed her life.

After reaching out to 2-1-1, Samantha was notified of an opening at the Beth-El Center and she moved in the next morning.  Samantha was 7 months pregnant and had been living with her grandmother who fell ill and went into a nursing home.

Having recently experienced domestic violence issues with her partner and with no other family members to rely upon, Samantha was alone and needed a safe place to live.

"I felt like I didn't know how I was going to make it. It was a mix of not knowing what to do as an expectant mother and being homeless." ... [ more ]

A Positive Attitude and New Beginning Moves Homeless Mother Forward

In 2019 PraiseRejoice and her two children came from their home state of California to Connecticut to help out relatives who were living in the Waterbury area. PraiseRejoice had been depressed because she felt trapped in her current living situation and decided she needed a new beginning. With just a small savings and a Section 8 voucher, the single mother and her two young boys ages 8 and 2 flew to CT. Unfortunately, not long after she arrived, her family members lost their home where she was staying ... [ more ]

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