About Abraham's Tent

New Haven shelters do not have the capacity to admit everyone seeking shelter. Every winter, even with shelters accepting more clients than normal capacity permits, several are still turned away.

In 2009, Columbus House and a group of 16 churches and synagogues in the New Haven area decided to address this problem through a program called Abraham’s Tent. The congregations volunteer to provide meals and overnight shelter to 12 homeless men from Columbus House for the duration of the week — alleviating overcrowding in the shelters and demonstrating support for the homeless members of our communities. 

During the four months of Abraham's Tent, the men use the time to work, apply for housing and jobs, and regain their footing through case managers and training programs. The experience of Abraham's Tent also fosters a community feel both among the homeless and through positive relationships between guests and volunteers.


Abraham's Tent and YHHAP

YHHAP members began volunteering with Abraham’s Tent in 2011, and the YHHAP Board hosts one week each February in partnership with First & Summerfield United Methodist Church. Responsibilities can include preparing shared meals, working with the church visitors, and monitoring the church facilities overnight. Abe's tent is great way to get involved with YHHAP, and often is a fulfilling one-time commitment. Contact the current project head (below) for details.

In the past, YHHAP has also held camp-outs in conjunction with Abe's Tent to raise funds for Columbus House services. (Pictured above.)

Project Head-- Vanessa Liu at vanessa.liu@yale.edu and Aryssa Damron at aryssa.damron@yale.edu (Bio.)