DESK is There When Tragedy Strikes: Frank’s Story

Linda Carbone Stories

As you walk through Downtown New Haven, it’s likely that you’ll cross paths with people who are living on the streets, in parks and in various nooks and crannies around our city. It may not be your first thought to ponder what caused some these people to become homeless, but we see many of them each and every day. Some share their stories …

Debbie, Her Story & The Life She Once Had

Linda Carbone Stories

DESK sees people from many walks of life. The stories that touch my life the most are from our guests who live on the street – those who have their only possessions with them in a single plastic bag. One of these people is “Debbie”. When asked about her story, Debbie says that she has three children – she hasn’t seen them …

My Own DESK Story, From the Executive Director

Linda Carbone Stories

Pictured above is a group of wonderful volunteers, my husband and myself. In asking our guests their “story”, I am always one that wants to provide mine so they know a bit about me also – how I came to be a part of DESK. Working for Yale dining, I found myself being asked to volunteer one year at holiday …

Hips Against Hunger: April 9th

Will Melton Events

Yale Belly Dance Society Presents Hips Against Hunger Annual Benefit Performance for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Sat. April 9, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open 7:30) General Admission: $10, Students: $5 Harkness Auditorium at Sterling hall of Medicine 333 Cedar St., New Haven, CT 06510 Celebrating 13 years of Yale Belly Dance with rockin’ hips, spinning skirts, flying veils, and dances from the Middle East …

2015 Annual Appeal

Will Melton Donations

Dear Friends- We are celebrating five years of my journey at DESK this year, and I, for one, am truly celebrating it! I have met so many people, from so many walks of life. I have heard countless stories, both sad and encouraging, and have made many, many friends over these five short years. Our kitchen isn’t just about getting …

Our Food Pantry is Getting Low

Will Melton Food Pantry

While most people may think that the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen is just a soup kitchen, the reality is that we’re so much more! In addition to daily hot meals, DESK also facilitates a weekly food pantry, an emergency food pantry, a pet food pantry and a senior food program. These much needed programs would not be possible without nonperishable …

Vets as Volunteers Chip in on Veterans Day

Will Melton Volunteers

Every Wednesday, a group of volunteer veterans helps us our at our feed pantry.They call themselves “Vets as Volunteers”, and participate in a program by the VA/Errera Community Care Center.  This year, Veterans day was on a Wednesday and this great group came came to volunteer, rather than go to events celebrating their service to our country.  As a way of saying …