Christian Community Action
Since 1966, Christian Community Action has been active in New Haven, working to supply emergency food, housing, and support to New Haven’s poor. From its facility at 166-168 Davenport Avenue, CCA operates a Food Pantry where families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities can choose food free of charge; a Hillside Family Shelter program administering 17 furnished apartments where families without housing can stay as long as 60 days while they try to reestablish themselves and locate housing; and Stepping Stone, a transitional housing program for 18 families, who can stay in the program as long as 24 months. CCA also offers counseling services, acts as an application site for home heating assistance, and helps people tap into the resources available to them in the state, city, or community.
Bethesda attempts to support CCA in several ways. Individual members contribute directly or through Bethesda (CCA has a line in our budget). The Special Music Program regularly designates CCA to benefit from funds raised by Program concerts. And Bethesda members regularly donate durable food items to a grocery cart that graces the Narthex. When the cart is full, food left in it is delivered to CCA; Bethesda’s intention (of which the Pastor reminds us periodically) is to fill the cart every week. Bethesda members are urged to bring durable food items (canned goods, pasta, rice, fruit drinks that do not require refrigeration) to the grocery cart every week as a way of combating the growing problem of hunger in America.