Archbishop Leonard P. Blair serves soup on Feb. 19 to Bill B., one of 12 guests from Columbus House in New Haven who stayed at the parish hall of St. Mary Church in Branford for the week of Feb. 15-22 as part of the emergency shelter’s Abraham’s Tent program.
Looking on is John Wilkinson, co-chair of the parish outreach committee, which sponsors the guests each year.
The program houses up to a dozen men and women from the shelter at a time at various faith communities in Greater New Haven.
Parishioners offered daily breakfast and board games, conversation and shelter to their guests.
Also as part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy ministry, Archbishop Blair will make a pastoral visit to South Park Inn, a women and children’s shelter located in Hartford, on March 3. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)