Hands On Hartford

In partnership with you, Hands On Hartford puts caring into action. Here's how:

MANNA Food and Neighborhood Services

MANNA provides basic needs to thousands of individuals in Hartford each month.

HOH Housing

HOH Housing provides supportive services, including case management, counseling, and rental support for people living with complex health issues, including HIV/AIDS, and living in their own apartments.

Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program connects individuals and volunteer groups to meaningful service opportunities at Hands On Hartford and partnering organizations.

Faces of Homelessness

The Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau is a public education program that works to promote advocacy, understanding, and service.


Our restaurant has a "pay-what-you-can" philosophy. Great food. And an inclusive vibe.

Your Kitchen. Your Space.

Our licensed commercial kitchen is available for shared use membership, and convenient and comfortable meeting spaces are available for your next meeting or event.

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Open House

August 18th, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join us for a virtual open house on Thursday, August 18 at noon. Hear about the latest updates – Gather55 (our new pay-what-you-can restaurant), the Powerhouse building project, and anything else you’d like to know.  RSVP HERE and we’ll send you the Zoom link to join.

Labor Day Community Meal

September 5th, 2022 - Doors open 10:30am, Meal Served 11:30am

Join us for a free Labor Day Holiday Meal here at Hands On Hartford’s Center for Community.  The meal will be served at 11:30 am Monday, September 5, but you are welcome to come in for a cup of coffee at 10:30am.  Bring your family and celebrate the season with your Hartford neighbors – all […]

Hands & Hearts Together – a place at the table

September 29th, 2022 - 5:00pm

Hands & Hearts Together, an in-person celebration to support Hands On Hartford’s work to ensure all of our neighbors have a place at the table, is a unique opportunity to bring together friends, partners, donors and volunteers to support our commitment to the folks who turn to us for help, and the future of the […]

News and Views

Gather55 Grand Opening

July 20th, 2022

Announcing the Grand Opening of Gather55, Hands On Hartford’s pay-what-you-can restaurant! Open Monday-Thursday, Breakfast from 8:30-10:30am, Lunch from 11:30am-2:00pm Located at 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT Questions – 860-728-3201, info@handsonhartford.org Menus change weekly and are posted on the Gather55 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Gather55 Suggested price for breakfast options is $6.00, suggested price for lunch options is […]

Open letter and reflection by Jackie Kasinskas, Community Engagement Coordinator

July 9th, 2022

I’d like to start off by saying thank you to the Hands On Hartford staff and volunteers. Your presence at Hands On Hartford is both a celebration of all of us and testament to the community that we have built together. I was welcomed into the Hands On Hartford team during the height of the pandemic. We […]

An Intern’s Reflection

February 2nd, 2022

Reflecting back on my time with Hands On Hartford is difficult because there is so much to say! I began my internship experience with the community engagement team. This area gets very busy in the fall, which also happens to be when I started. Around September this organization is getting ready for the holidays, and […]