Ways to Give
Capital Campaign to Renovate St. Elizabeth House
What is St. Elizabeth House?
The historic building that is St. Elizabeth House was built in 1807 as the homestead for Henry Barnard and his family. The Sisters of Mercy purchased the building in 1983
in response to the need for housing and services to help homeless individuals in Hartford. Currently, St. Elizabeth
House provides housing for over 160 homeless adults each year in 54 rooms. Another 5,000 adults and children will be
served by The Friendship Center's Programs, which provide two meals a day, six days a week, as well as case management
and access to health care.
The existence of St. Elizabeth House was not possible without significant renovations. The problems with the electrical
system and access to a working elevator placed continued operations of this 32,000 square foot facility in peril. The
efforts made to date, in addition to the remaining infrastructure and program space upgrades, will restore a building
that has not had a significant face lift in 200 years and allow for services to continue.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we recently completed Phase III of our renovation. The first three phases included:
- Phase I: A new elevator and upgrades to the electrical system
- Phase II: Ramp and stairwell additions (interior and exterior) for full accessibility
- Phase III: Energy efficient windows, exterior masonry repairs and radiator repairs
We need your support to continue the interior renovations of St. Elizabeth House:
- Phase IV: Updated A/C system
- Phase V: Reconfigure dining space
- Phase VI: Upgrade resident, program and community spaces (walls, floors, lighting)
You can make a donation by cash, check or credit card (
Please make check payable to and mail to:
Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
211 Wethersfield Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06114
Make a pledge in any amount and schedule your payments; annually, quarterly or monthly over a one to three year period.
For more information on how you can make a pledge, please contact the Development Department at 860-808-2036 or email at
Those making leadership gifts are provided the opportunity to name portions of the building to honor a loved one, family
For more information, please contact the Development department at 860-808-2036 or email at