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Area churches, synagogues host homeless men from New Haven’s Columbus House

New Haven Register

Area churches, synagogues host homeless men from New Haven’s Columbus House

February 12, 2018

Ten homeless men had the chance recently to break away from the crowd of 100 at Columbus House homeless shelter and spend a week sleeping at Orange Congregational Church, where they ate home-cooked meals and had access to games, TV and snacks.

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Once homeless man is happy in a Hamden home of his own

New Haven Register

Once homeless man is happy in a Hamden home of his own

February 3, 2018

A onetime crack addict who spent many nights sleeping on the New Haven Green, White now lives a quiet, comfortable life in his Putnam Avenue apartment, clean and sober for more than two years.

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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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