The New Haven PAWS Project

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The New Haven PAWS Project (Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles) seeks to provide footwear and podiatric care to those experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in New Haven. The PAWS Project engages the greater Yale community in events centered around foot health, including foot washing services and shoe, sock, and hygiene kit giveaways.  

PAWS will be conducting three foot washing events at The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James (57 Olive St.) this during Fall 2019 during Sunrise Café’s morning hours (a food kitchen coordinated in collaboration with Liberty Community Services) between 7:00am - 8:00am, and in collaboration with Loaves and Fishes (8:30am, Saturdays).

PAWS will be facilitating a foot washing event at Sunrise Café on Monday, November 18th (7:00am) to correspond with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. At this event, PAWS will be giving away shoes, socks, foot health hygiene kits, and will be foot washing for guests. PAWS will also be conducting another facilitation on Saturday, November 26th at 8:30am - 11:00am — in collaboration with Loaves and Fishes and Neighborhood Health Project corresponding with I Heart Day, a day of service hosted by Bridges for Hope. This facilitation will have shoe, sock, and hygiene kit giveaways (no foot washing). PAWS will be coordinating one more event in December to give away foot warmers, shoes, socks, and hygiene kits/foot washing as well. 

PAWS has partnered with local organizations such as Bombas, Noir Et Ivoire, Soles4Souls, Macy’s, and Coats4Souls to provide those in need with new shoes, socks and foot hygiene products. The PAWS Project is presently seeking community volunteers and donations of new, unused socks and shoes. Last year, PAWS gave out over 1,500 pairs of socks and hundreds of new shoes to members of the New Haven community. 

For more information about our organization, please contact us via email at PAWS@yale.edu or send us a message on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NHPAWSProject/

Thank you for your support! 

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