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Beth-El Center COVID Response: Milford Shelter Operations Move to Local Motels

As COVID positivity rates continue to rise, the Beth-El Center is shifting its 24/7 shelter operations to motels to provide safe, independent shelter for families, individuals and veterans experiencing homelessness during this crisis. With this, our 90 New Haven Avenue Milford location will only be open for food program and administrative purposes now through March 15, 2021. [ more ]

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 ]

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.

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 ]

Ending Homelessness: Building Our Vision Together - A Supporter Recognition Event and Community Discussion

Thanks to all who attended our Ending Homelessness community discussion via Zoom. If you were unable to attend below is a link to the video recording of the presentations:

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New Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager at Beth-El

Bianca Shultz has recently been hired as the Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager at Beth-El Center's Liberty Pointe, Supportive Housing program. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from the University of Bridgeport and currently attends Fordham University studying Social Work. She brings 3 years of experience in case management, with two of those years working directly with the homeless or at-risk populations.

According to Bianca, "I enjoy working with individuals and families and learning new ways to serve our community. I am an out-going, caring and strong person who wants to see everyone around me strive and become better individuals. Home to me is a place of love and comfort and always welcomes me and my family with open arms. I am hopeful that all individuals will be able to experience home and be welcomed with open arms."

Welcome Bianca!

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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