Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beth-El Center has decided to cancel our Annual Gala fundraiser (scheduled for June 27, 2020) for the health and well-being of our donors and supporters.
As our largest fundraiser, this decision was difficult to make but we hope you will continue to support our mission and help us meet the emergency needs of the community especially now- during the pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Beth-El Center has increased and adapted our programs and services to meet the food and shelter needs of our community, operating as a vital service within the public health crisis response network.
COVID-19 Update on Center Programs and Services Effective 4.6.20
What we are doing to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness and hunger during the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Housing is Healthcare In partnership with St. Peter's Episcopal Church, our No Freeze shelter program has extended service to respond to the unique and critical public health needs of those experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Milford and is the only emergency shelter currently open, accomplishing a balance between accessibility and safety. We continue to work swiftly to implement Executive Order 7P, issued by Governor Lamont on March 28, 2020, and are focused on developing temporary housing placements for unsheltered individuals as well as the wraparound supports to maintain housing stability and stay healthy.
Our Emergency Shelter program has increased stabilization and permanent housing efforts, focusing on reducing shelter occupancy and therefore risk of COVID-19 transmission within our vulnerable populations. At this time, we have increased our average permanent housing placements by 15%.
2. Food Security is Critical We are meeting the critical food needs of over 80 individuals and families experiencing food insecurity during this crisis per day. All meals are provided in 'to-go' packaging for safe distribution and we continue to work with our civic and faith partners to maintain three meals per day, seven days a week. Due to the food needs of our community, we have seen a 50% increase in meal distribution.
3. Other Updates: Beth-El Center is NOT accepting any volunteers at this time and operating with reduced staffing however donations including in-kind donations and flexible dollars are essential to supporting our crisis response and ongoing services. Please also note that we are NOT accepting perishable food items at this time.
Removing the barriers to maintaining health and safety amongst the sheltered and unsheltered homeless community and those experiencing food insecurity, as the spread of COVID 19 quickly shifts from travel related cases to community spread, remains our top priority. [ more ]
Connecticut's Coordinated Entry guidelines now require that anyone seeking emergency shelter and housing go through the state's 2-1-1 system. Just dial 2-1-1, select Option 3 and then select Option 1.
Callers in need of housing or shelter will reach a trained Housing Specialist who will perform an initial assessment, make referrals as needed and schedule an appointment with a duty services coordinator. This does not guarantee immediate shelter or housing placement. [ more ]
90 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
The Beth-El Center's mission is to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations.