Programs and Services

The Friendship Center at St. Elizabeth House
118 Main Street, Hartford / 860-808-2120

    Hours of Operation:  Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00am – 4:00pm
    Breakfast served 8:00am-9:00am / Lunch served 12:00pm-1:00pm

    The Friendship Center is a day shelter that provides critical community resources to thousands of men, women and families each year who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. In addition to serving breakfast and lunch, individuals have access to showers, laundry facilities, health care, an emergency food pantry, personal care items, case management support services, and homeless prevention services.

    Last year, The Friendship Center:

    • Served 67,243 meals to 5,101 individual clients 
    • Fulfilled 480 requests from the emergency food pantry 
    • Met 3,005 requests for services beyond meals such as use of case management, clothing, showers, diapers and personal care items
    • Hosted 617 medical visits with the nurse practitioner at the on-site clinic

    The Friendship Center's Family Services offers a fulltime case manager who works with families to find safe, permanent housing or resources to remain in their homes. The case manager assists them in completing the paperwork required to allow them access to other support services. Families are provided with meals, and are given food from the emergency food pantry. Children are given donated backpacks with school supplies and uniforms in the late summer and holiday gifts given by volunteer groups at Christmas at an annual holiday party.

    Last year, Family Services:

    • Provided intensive case management to 48 families
    • Fulfilled 125 requests from the emergency food pantry
    • Distributed backpacks, school supplies and uniforms to 53 children
    • Distributed turkeys to individuals and families
    • Distributed Christmas gifts to 275 children


Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
Administrative Offices
211 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, CT  06114
Phone: (860) 808-2040

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Provides assistance and supportive housing and shelter to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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