The Art of Service-Learning

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by Kaitlyn Spear DESK prides itself on offering an internship program that fosters up-and-coming leaders in our community and in the social services sector. This past summer, we were very fortunate to have hosted Kaitlyn Spear, a rising senior at the University of New Haven. Kaitlyn worked exceedingly hard over the summer, often under some very difficult (and hot) conditions. …

A Beautiful Research Partnership: The Yale School of Public Health at DESK

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By Marina Marmolejo In the spring of 2018, DESK partnered with the Yale School of Public Health’s Practice-based Community Health Research Practicum.  The goal was to measure DESK’s nutritional standards against both national best-practices and client-choice, i.e., what our Guests want, and then to make recommendations on how we can improve what we do.  What the students learned though, extended …

The Most Important Lessons Learned at Yale

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By Kaitlyn Sabin Katie Sabin graduated from Yale College this May.  For the past four years, she volunteered with the Yale Hunger Heroes (now known as “Yale Community Kitchen”), a group that serves in partnership with Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.  As one of the Hunger Heroes Coordinators, Katie has also served as an ex officio Honorary Board Member at DESK, …

For the Nourishment of Our Spirits

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By Stephan Sveshnikov As a way to way to highlight DESK’s guests and their stories, we’ve invited Yale undergraduate students to interview some of our folks at dinner and contribute short essays based on those interactions.  Our hope is not only to emphasize the human complexities behind hunger, poverty, and homelessness, but also to encourage two-way conversations between people who …

A Medical Perspective

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By Phil Costello As Clinical Director of Homeless Care for Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, Phil Costello leads the medical team that works with people who are experiencing homelessness on a daily basis.  At DESK, Phil and his team are available on Wednesday nights to provide onsite services, including outreach, first aid, referrals, and prescriptions.  Phil also helps to coordinate other …

We Can All Do Our Part

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By Angela Lewis At DESK, we provide opportunities to learn about the social-service needs on-the-ground in New Haven, and so for years, we have welcomed Social Work students from Southern Connecticut State University to volunteer with us. Angela Lewis—a junior at Southern—first came to DESK to fulfill her required volunteer hours as part of her major, but soon found the …

Feed the Soul, Meet the Challenge

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by Reverend Kevin Ewing Rev. Ewing (or “RevKev,” as he’s known) is the Bridge Minister of Center Church on the Green, in whose parish house at 311 Temple Street DESK resides.  For two decades, the church has been our strongest supporter, offering a huge dining room, professional kitchen, ample storage space, full utilities, and (most critically) a welcoming and charitable …