The New Haven PAWS Project


The New Haven PAWS Project (Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles) is back! PAWS 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 2022 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/Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) (8:30am, Saturdays).

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 or send us a message on Facebook at

Thank you for your support! 

2022-2023 Executive Board:


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