Abraham’s Tent 2016

Abraham’s Tent 2016- The week of Monday, February 22nd to Monday, February 29th, First Presbyterian will be co-hosting with  First and Summerfield Methodist Church in New Haven.   Our two main nights will be Tuesday, February 23th and Friday, February 26th.  Volunteer response has been wonderful.  Thank you.

Another way to be involved this year will be to bring a snack, breakfast or lunch item to church for the food table that week.  Such items would be cereal, oatmeal, juice, soda, cookies, pretzels & chips.  One item per family would be enough.  We will have a box out to collect these items at the Sunday, February 21st Lenten Pot luck.… Continue

Abraham’s Tent 2017

January 16th-22nd, the men of Abraham’s Tent again will follow a star to First Presbyterian Church. The twelve men from the Columbus House Shelter program will make their way to the Owens Community Building for a week starting Monday, January 16th Sunday school classrooms will become bedrooms. The Miller Hall will be transformed into a dining hall and commons space. A group of First Church volunteers will welcome our guests each night at 6, enjoy a home cooked meal together, play some games or just sit and talk before lights out so that all can get a good night’s sleep. Morning comes early with a home cooked breakfast before the men leave for the day.… Continue


Save The date; Monday January 16- Monday January 23, 2017. First Presbyterian will be hosting Abraham’s tent in our Owens Building. 12 area homeless men/women will be our guests each night. We will provide a warm evening meal, a comfortable bed overnight and a nutritious breakfast in the morning.

First and Summerfield Methodist Church in New Haven will be helping us a couple of the nights. Signup sheets will go up Sunday December 11th. As in the past, we will need dinner preparers, hosts, overnight volunteers and breakfast preparers.

Serving on the Abraham’s Tent organizing committee this year are Mary Webber, Pat Wales, Paula Burkhard and Brian Gray.… Continue

Abraham’s Tent 2

Abraham’s Tent is nearly complete and we are getting ready with Columbus House to take the next step to continue serving these homeless people.  This next phase is called Abraham’s Tent 2 (AT2); a shared housing model where three to four clients will live together in an apartment secured by Columbus House and supported by donations from First Presbyterian and the other Abraham’s Tent congregations.

Volunteers are needed to assist in the following areas:  apartment readiness, furniture collection, welcome kits, client support and social integration.

Contact Brian Gray for additional information.


Abraham’s Tent Changes

First Presbyterian Church was one of the original hosts of Abraham’s Tent in 2009, when the men from Columbus House first spent a week with us. Over the years more hosts have come forward, and the men have been housed for longer—last year for 20 weeks. Most of our church members have participated. But now that we’re comfortable with Abraham’s Tent, God has called us to make a radical change in our approach.

Chronic homelessness has sharply decreased in Connecticut over the last few years, as detailed by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and Connecticut is on track to eliminate chronic homelessness in the state by the end of 2016.… Continue