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The Intersection of Homelessness and Mental Health: A Virtual Event on Tuesday, April 27, 2021

This Zoom/Facebook Live presentation, hosted by Jen Fiorillo, Bridges Healthcare President & CEO and
Jennifer Paradis, Beth-El Center, Inc. Executive Director on Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30pm intends to open dialogue around the intersection of homelessness and access to mental health services. We'll discuss the community programs and practices that are focused on reducing barriers and increasing positive outcomes for this population.

To break down the stigma of mental health and homelessness, we'll offer data and personal testimony from previously homeless individuals. Our panelists will discuss their specific program interventions that treat housing as healthcare.

The goal of this community conversation is to identify the key efforts necessary to increase service engagement and to reduce barriers to access healthcare and homeless services for all! [ more ]

Beth-El Center Newsletter March 2021

In our March newsletter, read an inspiring testimonials of a past client who recently started a nonprofit organiation. Plus read about the legislative testimonies our staff has provided to advocate for homelessness prevention and for improved wages for professional housing service providers! [ more ]

Staff Profile: Ruth Saint Vil, Director of Programs and Facilities

Working with her team to help clients succeed is Ruth Saint Vil's favorite part of her job. As Beth-El Center's Director of Programs and Facilities, working with the Center's Case Managers to optimize each shelter client's experience and outcome is an important and rewarding part of her position.

Ruth joined the Beth-El Center in 2018 as a Housing Specialist and was promoted to her current position in November of 2020. She oversees the day to day operations of the shelter and food programs which includes responsibility for a staff of sixteen people (including hiring and ongoing training) as well as maintenance of the facility at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. [ more ]

CT Coalition to End Homelessness Advocacy Brief
  • Do you believe that housing is a right for all?
  • Do you want to learn more about how to support housing systems that do not discriminate against people who have a history of homelessness?
  • Are you interested in learning how we can best support frontline workers in the Homeless Response System?

Sarah Fox, the Director of Policy at the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness walks us through the legislative priorities of CCEH and discusses how these efforts will support the work to END HOMELESSNESS in Milford CT.

See the entire video here: ]

Milford Trick or Trot 5K Event Raises $37,030 for Beth-El Center

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford received a $37,030 donation from the proceeds of the 9th Annual Milford Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk fundraiser held virtually on October 31- November 2, 2020. On December 24, 2020, event organizers and sponsors Harlow, Adams & Friedman, P.C. and Sikorsky Credit Union presented the donation to the Center's Executive Director Jenn Paradis. [ 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 ]

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 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 ]

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