Beth-El Center Newsletter Winter 2020
Let's Tackle Hunger and Poverty

During the biggest weekend of football, let's score a touchdown for the homeless and hungry in our community.

On February 1-2, 2020, Super Bowl weekend, local faith communities and businesses in Milford and Orange will be collecting funds to support our ' Souper Bowl ' campaign. Please support their efforts by making a monetary donation to help feed, shelter and support our neighbors in need.

If your faith community or business would like to join the campaign, please contact the Beth-El Center at 203.876.0747 or make  your direct contribution now online !

Holiday Thanks!
We’re so grateful to all who made monetary, food and in-kind donations to the Beth-El Center during the holiday season.

Your support and kindness brought holiday cheer those in the Milford community who needed it most. Thanks to you, Beth-El Center distributed 53 Thanksgiving baskets and 12 Christmas baskets filled with all the makings for delicious holiday meals!
On behalf of our residents, we extend gratitude to those who generously donated to our ‘Adopt a Resident’ Program.  
Corporate Donor Spotlight

Employees from Somerset Capital Group collectively raised money to donate to the Beth-El Center, in leiu of a holiday gift for company leader, Evan Boker.

“I’m happy to be the recipient of Somerset Capital Group’s collective generosity. So many of our employees responded to the request to make a holiday gift to the Beth-El Center. We’re pleased to offer our support to those in the Milford community who need it most.” 
Evan Bokor, CEO
Somerset Capital Group
Beth-El's Chapel Refurbished
by Devon Rotary
Thanks to the hard work of members of the Devon Rotary and materials donated by Lowe’s in Orange, the chapel at the Beth-El Center was recently renovated.
We're grateful to be the recipient of this beautiful project!
Point in Time Count

The Point-in-Time Count is a one-day unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that each Continuum of Care (CoC) conduct a count at the end of January every year. Here in Connecticut all CoCs conduct their counts in the same way, at the same time, so findings can be compared across communities and over years.

This year’s Point-in-Time Count will be held on the evening of January 21st, and there will also be a Youth Count and Outreach Project which will take place January 22-29, 2020.

For more information, visit

(source: CT Coalition to End Homelessness)

Hot Soup To Help the Homeless

This February, Bobette's Take Out in Milford will be sponsoring it's annual ‘Butternut Buddy' fundraiser for the Beth-El Center. Proceeds from their Butternut soup sales will benefit those we serve experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Bobette's soup was awarded Connecticut Magazine 's ‘Best in Connecticut 2017’.

Get some delicious hot soup at Bobette’s next month to help our neighbors facing the hardships of hunger and homelessness.

Bobette's is located at 93 Boston Post Road Milford, CT.
Job Openings at Beth-El Center
Homelessness in the News
Supreme Court Leaves in Place Ruling Protecting Homeless Who Sleep on Streets
The high court let stand a ruling making it harder for cities to criminalize the act of sleeping on sidewalks or in public places.

Read more
How Homeless People Become Homeless
Common life events that can cause homelessness.

Beth-El Center's 2019-2021 Strategic Plan
In the winter of 2019 Beth-El Center, Inc. embarked on a strategic planning process to develop a road map for organizational development over the next three years. The new strategic 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.

Beth-El Center Client Testimonials
" “Beth-El Center is always a safe place and staff always make sure that you have enough food and a good day.” 

“Every meeting was about achieving my goals; I was able to accomplish everything.”

“Beth-El helped me find employment and housing.” 

2019 Soup Kitchen Stats
Beth-El Center Soup Kitchen served:

376 Breakfasts
16,935 Lunches
2,387 Dinners 

For a total of 23,307 meals in 2019!

(as of December 1 st 2019)  
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