Hands On Hartford

  • Make a meal. Change a life.
  • From farm to ... pantry.
  • At our pantry, guests shop.
  • Care begins with health.
  • You make a difference.
  • Backpacks put smiles on faces.
  • Café at Fifty-five now open!

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people living with complex health issues, including HIV/AIDS, and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.

The Café at Fifty-Five & Caterers Who Care

A café with a cause.
Full-service catering at our place or yours.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our licensed commercial kitchen is available for shared use membership, and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau Presentation

February 26th, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us at a Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau Presentation, free and open to the public.  Sponsored by the Hartford Public Library, Hammond Realty and Pepsi.  Learn about homelessness in Hartford; hear speakers share their first-hand experiences; learn about ways to get involved.  View flyer here. Hands On Hartford’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau is […]

News and Views

Hands On Hartford Appoints New Board Members

February 14th, 2019

Hands On Hartford has appointed five new members to its Board of Directors:  Daniel A. Arsenault, a resident of Hartford, is a Senior Director with O’Neill and Associates; Christopher D. Brechlin, a resident of Meriden, is Senior Program and Data Analyst with Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; Brian Neary, a resident of Simsbury, is Vice President […]

Not Goodbye, but See You Soon

September 16th, 2018

Serika Walker recently completed two years of service here at Hands On Hartford as an AmeriCorp VISTA Member.  For the last year she has served as a VISTA Leader on the Hartford Thrive! Project, a multi-agency VISTA project here in Hartford.  She has made a huge difference in the lives of many of our Hartford […]

Looking Back on a Transformative Experience

August 11th, 2018

Looking back on my year of service, I can’t help but be swept up in a wave of nostalgia. I have grown so much as a person, and I am going to miss dearly everyone I’ve worked with here at Hands On Hartford. It is tempting, I think, to paint over the rougher parts of […]