Thank you Farmington Bank Community Foundation

The Friendship Center recently received a $12,500 grant from the Farmington Bank CommunityFoundation, which will help to continue feeding community members at the Tomasso Community Kitchen.  The funds will go towards the ever-increasing food costs as well as small kitchen items that assist with food preparation. Jillian Donaghy, Lead Chef said “We constantly need to…

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Tool Drive!

To ensure that our properties are well maintained, the Friendship Service Center relies on an assortment of tools and supplies. Items can be new or gently used. Do you have any tools to donate or have questions? Contact Joe Waite, our director of facilities, at jwaite@fsc-ct.org. Thanks so much for your donation – big or…

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A Heartwarming Story !

Our love made visible moment is courtesy of Levi.   Levi is an ideal Transitional Living Program (TLP) participant and a great example of a client who simply needed a ‘helping hand’. Levi has enjoyed terrific success while enrolled in the TLP, including earning a high school diploma from Raymond Hill High School, a program through Central…

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A Successful 2022 Grips and Sips!

Recently the Friendship Service Center Team, contributors, and friends enjoyed an afternoon of mini golf, refreshments, and camaraderie. A primary highlight of the fun mini-golf tournament was presenting the 2022 FSC Grips & Sips trophy to winner Todd DeGroff, of Beacon Prescriptions. Way to go Todd!  We thank our generous event sponsors and contributors, including: Nutmeg…

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2022 Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping List!

“The secret of living is giving.” – Anonymous It’s that time of the year again! We’re gearing up for Fall with thoughts of Thanksgiving. Now is the time to think about your holiday donation plans. With gratitude and thanksgiving, FSC thanks you in advance for realizing the impact your contributions can make to curb homelessness.…

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From the seeds of an idea, a beautiful garden blooms

Evelyn Anderson and Bonnie McNair wiped dirt from their gardening gloves and their brows as they surveyed the finished courtyard border garden that they andother Friends of the Friendship Service Center created through weeks of work. The idea for the garden began when Ana Trammell, Program Coordinator, attended a Friends meeting and said several residents…

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Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

The Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is the largest anti-hunger event of its kind in Connecticut.  This year the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare have combined organizations and have organized the statewide event as a cooperative effort with local partners to raise funds and awareness. This year the Walk will take place…

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South Church makes 10,000 PB & J Sandwiches

Since March 2020, South Church volunteers have been making and packing 200-300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every week, along with a snack or two, and delivering them to the Friendship Service Center to hand out with their grab and go hot lunch as a meal for later. South Church turned to this form of…

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‘Bunnies for Hunnies’ deliver Easter joy

Each Easter season, approximately 50 stuffed rabbits “hop” into the arms of children who are assisted by the Friendship Center. These new friendships are made thanks to “Bunnies for Hunnies,” a Newington-family organization that was started eight years ago by the Vass family. At that time, the twin daughters, Julianna and Elaina Vass, collected 50…

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Warming Center recaps winter 2021 season

As springlike temperatures arrive, memories are fading of the coldest days of the yearwhen the Friendship Center helped people in need at the Warming Center. Located at57 Arch St., the program was opened in response to the state’s Cold Weather Protocolput in place on Dec. 16, 2020. From Jan. 4 until it closed on March…

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