The New London Homeless Hospitality Center (NLHHC) celebrated the opening of its new facility with an Open House and Dedication event on October 16, 2013. Equity Trust Director Jim Oldham attended along with Anne Scheibner, Paul Jakoboski, and Hannah Gant of St. Francis House in New London (our Francis Fund partners). About 300 people attended the celebration, including Connecticut Governor Malloy.
The Sts. Peter and Paul Polish National Church was renovated into a shelter with 50 beds for men and women, laundry and shower facilities, a day room with access to computers and telephones, and eventually, a health clinic. The former rectory will serve as offices for NLHHC (with one room retained by the Church for Sunday services). That building was dedicated, as part of the opening celebration, to Emmett Jarrett, Anne’s late husband and co-founder of St. Francis House. Emmett was an Episcopal priest and champion of the homeless, who helped start the shelter in 2006.
Two Francis Fund loans supported the different stages of NLHHC’s acquisition and renovations of the Church and Rectory as its new home. Read more about our support for NLHHC here.