Catholic Charities’ Homeless Outreach Team is the only program in the greater Danbury area that meets with homeless individuals where they are at and provides services right there. Engaging with clients at the shelters, soup kitchens, on the streets, in the woods, and under bridges; the Homeless Outreach Team effectively provides homeless individuals and families with access to benefits, food, clothing, medical, mental health, substance abuse, and housing services.
The Homeless Outreach Team assists over 120 homeless individuals and families every year of all ages, gender, race, and ethnicity. Members of the Homeless Outreach Team speak English and Spanish and have a wide frame of knowledge in areas such as mental illnesses, substance abuse, veteran services, family services, and medical conditions.
The Homeless Outreach Team works strongly with the other agencies in town ensuring that clients of the program receive appropriate referrals and timely services. The outreach workers employ creative and tailored solutions to each and every client they work with. Homeless Outreach Team staff also serves as a liaison and educational resource to social service providers about homeless services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the needs of homeless clients.
While the Homeless Outreach Team has an office located at 24 Grassy Plain Street, the majority of their time and work is conducted in the community. If you are in need of their services it is suggested you contact them by phone and not stop in to the office.
24 Grassy Plain Street
Bethel, CT 06801
(203) 748-0848 ext 231
Fax: (203) 796-0046
In the winter of 2008 Adam was a 54 year old man living on the streets with untreated mental illness and diabetes. Due to his mental illness Adam was wary of providers and was not trusting of services. The Homeless Outreach Team worker would seek him out weekly to bring him food, clothing and blankets as a way to engage. As the outreach worker did not make any demands of Adam, he slowly began to trust her.
One evening the temperatures dropped very low and Adam was in danger of getting hypothermia. Adam was transported to the hospital and the outreach worker was notified. Adam’s outreach worker met with him in the hospital and Adam agreed to accept assistance. The outreach worker was able to get Adam mental health treatment and outpatient medical treatment. The outreach worker also applied Adam for supported housing. While Adam waited for a bed to open in supportive housing, his outreach worker got him a bed in a rest home several towns over. Not wanting to lose the connection with Adam, the outreach worker visited Adam consistently for over a year while he waited for housing.
When a housing voucher became available for Adam, his outreach worker assisted him in finding an apartment and in obtaining furniture. Once Adam was housed his outreach worker took him to the grocery store and taught him how to shop for foods that would assist him in keeping his diabetes under control. Once Adam was feeling settled in his housing, his outreach worker applied Adam to Catholic Charities Community Support Program so he could receive continued support in his home. To date Adam is happily living in his apartment. He receives mental health services, monitors his diabetes, and enjoys working with Community Support Program.