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 ( online)

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 860-808-2055 or email at


Naming Opportunities

Those making leadership gifts are provided the opportunity to name portions of the building to honor a loved one, family or entity.

For more information, please contact the Development department at 860-808-2055 or email at







Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation
Administrative Office :  221 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106  Phone: (860) 808-2048
Development and Supportive Services:  211 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114  Phone:  860-808-2040

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