Since 1968, the Friendship Service Center has been a place where the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, and everyone is welcome. The agency provides a continuum of services for men, women and children who are poor and homeless in Central Connecticut. Services range from outreach to those still living on the streets, emergency shelter for families and individuals, transitional living and permanent supportive housing options for those who are homeless. In addition, it offers meals for the community each day in the Tomasso Family Community Dining Room and works to prevent homelessness through the Emergency Needs Program.
The Tomasso Family Community Kitchen provides lunch Monday through Friday to anyone in need, and three meals per day, seven days per week, to residents and former residents. More than 250 meals are served each day. Financial and in-kind donations of food from supermarkets, congregations, community groups and individuals allow us to stretch our food budget further. The soup kitchen is the primary way for volunteers to become engaged at the Friendship Center, and volunteers ensure that guests are served in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.
This program works to prevent homelessness through financial assistance and referrals. It can offer temporary cash assistance for housing, utilities, medication, clothing, transportation, education and other basic needs. Services often provide a hand up to those who face health and employment hardships or have fallen between the cracks of the social service system.
Transitional Living Program
The Transitional Living Program is a program for 15 single, homeless men and women which is currently prioritized for youth (ages 18-24). Each participant is provided a room, case management and an individualized case action plan with the main goal of obtaining housing. The program serves people with mental health and substance abuse issues as well as education and employment challenges. Habilitation (the teaching of life skills never learned) is a focus of this program, providing the structure and support essential for independent living. Five rooms are targeted for veterans.