Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen buys building on State Street, plans to create hub for homeless services

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The following article appeared in the Yale Daily News on March 4, 2021. The original post can be viewed here.  Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen purchases its own building on State Street, with the goal of creating a new central location for homeless services in New Haven. By Sylvan Lebrun, Staff Reporter After years of operating out of church basements, Downtown Evening …

Anna May Day!

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Today, we honored Anna May Suraci, DESK’s longtime bookkeeper and friend, on the occasion of her retirement. Words cannot do justice to the gratitude we owe to Anna May for her years of service to DESK … but we tried anyway! Click this link here for the presentation to Anna May outside her home in Hamden, where she was surrounded …

Big News!

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We’ve got big news to share with you: DESK is moving! In the last year-and-a-half, our Board, staff, volunteers, partners, and Guests have been taking a long look in the mirror.  We’ve put our heads together to consider what isn’t working for homelessness services in New Haven, and we developed a plan that would enable us to address those problems …

Homelessness in the Age of COVID-19

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by Steve Werlin The following appeared as an op-ed in the New Haven Independent on October 16, 2020, where it was accompanied by documentary filmmaker Steve Ham’s “Homeless in the Time of COVID.”  The original post, along with reader comments, can be viewed here.  The author, Steve Werlin, is the Executive Director of Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.     It’s mid-October.  Winter will …

COVID-19 Response

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by Evan Serio DESK’s Program Manager, Evan Serio, joined the organization almost a year-and-a-half ago, and since that time he has been the driving force at DESK behind some of our most significant health initiatives.  As a staunch advocate of harm reduction and healthcare for the homeless, he is well-versed in the latest strategies for helping to ensure the overall …

Taking the “Downtown” out of DESK

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by Nishanth Krishnan In 2019, DESK hosted Nishanth Krishnan, a rising junior at Yale, as a full-time intern through the Yale President’s Public Service Fellowship program.  Nishanth oversaw a pilot program based in Fair Haven, as a partnership with the United Way of Greater New Haven.  Today, Nishanth remains highly engaged as one of the co-directors of the Yale Hunger …

A Community of Givers

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by Daniel P. Scholfield Dan Scholfield is the Immediate Past President of DESK’s Board of Directors.  He became Board President in 2017, and in that time moved with all deliberation to not only shore up the governing processes of the Board, but also to create a sense of duty and commitment at the Board level, ensuring that Board members have …