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Immaculate Conception Shelter

    The Immaculate Conception shelter was started by a Hartford priest who found a homeless person frozen to death on his church steps. After that tragic incident, the priest decided to use the basement of the church as a menís shelter where men could find solace during the harsher months.

    The Newman Club Immaculate Conception community service group began over ten years ago. At the shelter anywhere from 75-125 men are served three meals a day. Showers, haircuts, and sleeping accommodations are also provided. The shelter is a non-profit organization operated strictly by volunteers. The Newman Club designates about seven Saturday mornings or Friday evenings to the shelter. Volunteers buy and prepare the food for those meals. During these trips to the shelter, volunteers not only get to provide the nutritional sustenance the men so badly need but they engage in conversation and learn about the lives and circumstances of the individuals they help.

St. Agnes Home

    The St. Agnes Home in West Hartford is a home for teenage mothers and their children. The girls who live there are provided with a safe, comfortable environment for themselves and their babies. They are taught how to take care of their children and are advised and assisted by the staff and community volunteers. The Newman Club helps by babysitting while the mothers are in classes or attending special programs. The young mothers are always very appreciative of a little time to themselves. It is also a wonderful excuse to spend an hour a week with adorable babies.
St. Francis Hospital
    At St. Francis Hospital, students decorate the childrenís ward for holidays and plan related activities with the children, bringing them cheer and hope.

Tutoring

    Opportunities abound for students to tutor youth from the City of Hartford through the Hartford Youth Street Project.