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Rep. Rosa DeLauro Announces $1.4 million in Funding for DESK!

“We’re going to continue to do what we’ve always done: provide basic needs,” said Werlin. “We’re [also] going to have next-level and specialized services offered on site … We will encourage and welcome and affirm all individuals, regardless of whatever hardships they’re bringing into the space when they come.”

Donation Guide

The people I work with will tell you that -- for better or worse -- I hate to say "no" to good intentions.  Whenever someone comes to me with a good idea, a bold, new strategy, or a helpful resource, I often can't resist.  In fact, I find that balancing our resources...

NHR & NHI on U-ACT & Tent City

Unhoused people were in the local news this week in two separates articles. Yesterday, Mark Zaretsky wrote in the New Haven Register about U-ACT (the Unhoused Activists Community Team).  U-ACT is an advocacy group composed primarily of people with lived experience. ...

In memoriam: Robyn Smith

Yesterday, our staff said goodbye to Robyn Smith.  Robyn was, by any measure, an incredible person.  By day, she was a public defender, representing many of DESK's clients over the years.  By night, she was a volunteer at DESK, right around the corner from her office...

The Homelessness & Mental Health Crisis in NYC

This is a very well-done, bite-sized piece on the mental health and homelessness crisis facing New York right now, and on the controversy surrounding Mayor Eric Adams' call to expand involuntary hospitalization: NYC's mayor faces backlash for planning to involuntarily...

DESK Receives $1.4 million in Federal Appropriations Funding

Thanks to the efforts of our incredible representative, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, DESK will receive more than $1.4 million in federal appropriations funding to support the renovations of our Drop-in & Resource Center at 266 State Street in Downtown New Haven. ...

Cold Weather Press Conference 2022

Last Friday, DESK hosted a press conference at our Drop-in & Resource Center on behalf of the Greater New Haven Regional Alliance to End Homelessness and as part of a statewide coordinated day of advocacy with the CT...

Provide Some Winter Warmth

They say it’s best to avoid politics and religion in polite conversation.  But here’s another thorny topic that threatens to divide us:  Winter—do you love it or hate it? At DESK, our opinion of winter has swung back and forth over the years.  Not too long ago, we...

DESK’s New Online Experience (a.k.a. “Website”)

Hello to all our friends and supporters in the cybersphere!  Today, I am excited to announce that we are launching our new and long-awaited website!  In designing our new online presence, our team’s aim has been to make things simple and easy to find, accessible to...

Olive Street Pantry

Community has always been our key to success.  In the past two-and-a-half years, COVID has made that clearer than ever.  Not a day goes by at DESK when I’m not on the phone with one of our dozens of partners: businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, funding...
DESK’s New Online Experience (a.k.a. “Website”)

DESK’s New Online Experience (a.k.a. “Website”)

Hello to all our friends and supporters in the cybersphere!  Today, I am excited to announce that we are launching our new and long-awaited website!  In designing our new online presence, our team’s aim has been to make things simple and easy to find, accessible to...

Olive Street Pantry

Olive Street Pantry

Community has always been our key to success.  In the past two-and-a-half years, COVID has made that clearer than ever.  Not a day goes by at DESK when I’m not on the phone with one of our dozens of partners: businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, funding...

Peter’s Success

Peter’s Success

Successes at DESK come one person at a time.  I want to share Peter’s success with you: Peter was the first one in the door. On the day we opened our new Drop-in & Resource Center in April, Peter had been on the street for a month, having just returned to...

DESK Welcomes New Board Members!

DESK Welcomes New Board Members!

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen is excited to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors: Amelea Lowery, Tom Goldenberg, and Pastor Kelcy Steele. With diverse personal and professional backgrounds, these three extraordinary individuals bring...

Drop-In Center Opens For Homeless

Drop-In Center Opens For Homeless

The following article appeared in the New Haven Independent on June 11, 2021. The original post, along with reader comments, can be viewed here. by Isaac Yu For the first time in decades, homeless New Haveners have a place downtown where they’re invited to come hang...

Drop-in Center Soft Open!

Drop-in Center Soft Open!

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...

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