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January 8, 2021

Charitable organization buys State Street building 

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED 266 State St., New Haven.

A downtown New Haven building will soon be transformed into an all-in-one location providing food and support services to the poor and homeless.

The city-based nonprofit, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, or DESK, recently purchased the building at 266 State St. for $770,000.

Frank D’Ostilio of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio Real Estate represented both the buyer and the seller, 266 State Street LLC.

DESK Executive Director Steve Werlin said the nonprofit, now at 311 Temple St., plans to use the new location as a drop-in and resource center for people experiencing poverty and homelessness in the city. 

The basement will house the operation’s kitchen, while the ground floor will feature the dining room.

DESK is doing a capital campaign to renovate the building. The organization plans to open it with limited services this year, and finish all upgrades in 2022.

"This new program is part of a long-term, inter-organizational strategy to provide enhanced services for those most in need in our community,” Werlin said in an announcement. 

The organization recently announced its planned move on its website

DESK provides food assistance to the poor and homeless, and serves over 4,000 individuals and families each year. According to DESK, it is more than a soup kitchen, as it helps make connections so people can move beyond their current situations. 

The new location appealed to the organization because it is more visible while still close to downtown. It will serve as a drop-in center, where people can access resources like healthcare, employment and addiction services, in addition to getting a meal. DESK will provide food and space, while its partners will provide other needed services.

Contact Michelle Tuccitto Sullo at msullo@newhavenbiz.com.

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