Columbus House Information

586 Ella T. Grasso Blvd., New Haven CT  (203) 773-9673
Building Description:
Terra Cotta colored – 1/2 block south of Columbus on ElIa Grasso Blvd.
Emergency Homeless Shelter for New Haven, operated under a contract with the City of New Haven.
Support From:
Local charities and churches.
Number of Residents:
Shelter can accommodate 81 guests including 12 in the medical respite unit.
First Presbyterian Church serves:
First Saturday of each month.
Meal Time:
5:30 p.m.
Time Required:
Arrive about 4 p.m. (see #3 below).  Done about 6:30 p.m.
Large, modem restaurant quality kitchen with everything needed for cooking and serving available. Includes: Commercial stove, several ovens, a warming oven, large sinks and a walk in refrigerator. Groups can use these facilities for final preparation of food or can do the shopping ahead of tune and cook at Columbus House.

I. Organize

a. Need a minimum of 4+ people for serving. (adults, families, Youth/Adult Groups etc.). Children welcome. (Perhaps those experienced could ask new members or families)
b. Provide enough food to feed 80-85 people.

2. Develop a menu for meal. Basic recipes are available here.

a. Provide a main dish or dishes (include a vegetarian entree for about 10).

b. Provide vegetable (optional if included in the main dish).

c. Provide a green salad and dressing OR cole slaw.

d. Provide dessert /fruit.

e. Drinks are provided by Columbus House.

3. Arrival time:

Arrive 4:00 p.m., or earlier, if dinner is to be prepared together in their large, fully equipped, modern kitchen. (Cooking together is fun. One could be the shopper after the group decides on a menu)

4. Arrival:

Announce yourself at the desk at the side door. They will unlock the back door. Park and enter in back. Carts are available to carry in food. Guests will assist.

5. Set up (guests will assist), serve meal, and enjoy helping the people of New Haven.

6. Clean up is done by guests. No DISHES to do!

7. If you wish, reimbursement is available through the Mission Committee (give receipts to Pat Wales OR the Mission Committee Chair) OR can be tax deductible.


Contact Pat Wales


Casseroles – meat and meatless, Pastas – meat and meatless Soups (fresh with garden veggies), Sloppy Joes, Hams, Chicken – legs. breasts, Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Potato Casserole, Corn, Peas, Green Beans, Mixed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad, Cake Cupcakes, Cookies, Brownies, Cobblers, Pies, Custards, Fresh Fruit

Columbus House Basic Recipes