Hands On Hartford

About Hands On Hartford

Our Mission:

Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility.

What We Do:

Hands On Hartford is a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s neediest residents in the areas of food, housing, and health.

Founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, the agency has had a longstanding commitment to providing respectful, comprehensive services with help from volunteers and community partnerships.

Our current services, reaching thousands of people annually, are:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides direct relief to thousands of Hartford neighbors each month. Through Community Meals, Community Pantry,  and the Backpack Nutrition Program for children, we provide meals and groceries to individuals and families facing food insecurity.

MANNA also provides vital support through community connections, referrals, security deposit & utility assistance, basic health screening, nutrition education and employment & education expense assistance.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides individuals and families with:

  • Safe and affordable housing and related support services for folks living with complex health issues (including for those living with HIV/AIDS)
  • Supportive services to tenants at a Hartford affordable housing complex
  • Individualized housing case management and related support services through the Healthcare & Housing Project (CIHHN)

Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau

An alliance of concerned individuals who have experienced and continue to experience homelessness who speak out against this unjust reality by organizing speaking engagements hosted by a diverse range of community groups.

None of these services would be possible without the dedication and support of volunteers. Our Community Engagement team places volunteers in one-time and ongoing positions with all of our programs, as well as organizing larger customized service projects, service learning immersions and “Dash for a Difference” events.

The Café at Fifty-Five is open Tuesday – Friday, 7:30am – 2:30pm, and offers breakfast and lunch menu, employment and volunteer opportunities, including for folks with barriers to employment, and a pay-for-a-neighbor program. The Café has been open since October 2016.  Caterers Who Care offers catering on- and off-site seven days a week at competitive prices.  Meeting and Conference Room space is available for use by outside groups.  Catering and café income support Hands On Hartford’s direct service programs.

Hands On Hartford’s Licensed Shared Use Kitchen is available for members on an hourly basis, and enables start-up and small food businesses and entrepreneurs to scale up their operations before they are able to afford their own commercial kitchens.  Income from this venture supports Hands On Hartford’s direct service programs.