Drop-in Center Soft Open!

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Dear Friends,Last December, I reported to you on our BIG NEWS: DESK purchased a building to serve as New Haven’s first Downtown Drop-in & Resource Center.  Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to share our plans in a more in-depth manner through Zoom presentations, media coverage, and tours onsite.  I’ve received valuable feedback and advice from many of you across the community, and …

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 …