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Getting to the point

The Yale Herald

Getting to the point

February 2, 2018

At 7:45 p.m., we park behind the Dunkin’ Donuts on Derby Avenue and begin walking east. It’s been raining all day, and though the sky is now clear, the air remains thick with moisture. I’m carrying a gallon-sized plastic bag containing a pair of socks, a hat, tissues, Chapstick, a bar of soap.

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Downtown, Homeless People Counted

New Haven Independent

Downtown, Homeless People Counted

January 24, 2018

Late Tuesday night outside the bus stop at Temple Street and Chapel Street, a man with a thick, matted beard and a blue hoodie beneath his winter coat walked to the edge of the sidewalk to give an old friend a hug.

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Big Tent

Daily Nutmeg

Big Tent

January 24, 2018

A version of the same story appears in the Torah, the Bible and the Qur’an: Strangers appear at Abraham’s tent, and he welcomes them…In the spirit of that story, New Haven-area churches and synagogues have been raising a metaphorical tent of their own every winter for nine years. Welcoming homeless strangers in need of that same hospitality, Abraham’s Tent is administered by Columbus House, a local organization that runs a 101-bed shelter on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and aims for “understanding and working toward overcoming the problems which cause people to become homeless,” its website says.

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New Haven Homeless Look for Warmth During Cold Snap

NBC Connecticut

New Haven Homeless Look for Warmth During Cold Snap

December 28, 2017

Some people in New Haven got out of the bone-chilling cold Thursday by warming up at a downtown public library that is doubling as a warming center. "It’s a nice warm place," Joe S. said. "It’s a comfortable place cause I’m a reader, too."

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Veteran Apartment Project In Middletown Gets Final Approvals

Hartford Courant

Veteran Apartment Project In Middletown Gets Final Approvals

December 27, 2017

The state has relinquished a piece of property on the Connecticut Valley Hospital campus Wednesday, making way for 32 units of supportive housing for veterans in Middletown. The New Haven-based Columbus House plans to renovate the former Mary Shepherd Home, originally a dormitory for nurses built in 1924, into apartments with on-site case-management services for veterans.

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Volunteers bring Christmas to Wallingford Emergency Shelter

Record Journal

Volunteers bring Christmas to Wallingford Emergency Shelter

December 25, 2017

There were almost no cars on the road and snow was gently falling when Joan and Mike Smutko parked their car at the Wallingford Emergency Shelter just after 8 a.m. on Christmas Day.

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Outreach team in New Haven makes sure homeless have shelter during cold stretch

WFSB

Outreach team in New Haven makes sure homeless have shelter during cold stretch

December 14, 2017

With the bitter cold temperatures and the snow on Thursday morning, a street outreach team in New Haven was busy on Wednesday.

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Liberty Bank Foundation Wins John S. Martinez Community Service Award

Liberty Bank

Liberty Bank Foundation Wins John S. Martinez Community Service Award

December 13, 2017

Columbus House awarded the John S. Martinez Community Service Award to Liberty Bank Foundation at the nonprofit’s annual meeting Dec. 7 at the New Haven Lawn Club. Since 2004 the award has been given annually in recognition of those who have exemplified community leadership and outstanding support for Columbus House programs.

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The Best Architecture of 2017: Buildings of Quiet Ambition

The Wall Street Journal

The Best Architecture of 2017: Buildings of Quiet Ambition

December 11, 2017

Not every year delivers major architectural stunners, but sometimes there’s something even better—buildings that contribute to a more promising future.

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Built to Last

The Yale Herald

Built to Last

November 10, 2017

54 Adeline Street had been an abandoned corner for several years. Overgrown foliage spilled over the fence onto the sidewalk. An adjacent concrete stretch, dotted by miscellaneous cars, visually compounded the emptiness. The vacant lot always stood out amongst the clapboard houses that line Adeline Street for several blocks in both directions. For the past month, however, 54 Adeline has attracted attention for a different reason.

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