Bethel Helps: Off The Streets

Editor’s note: this column is designed to shine a light on an organization that is providing an valuable service to our community.
Off The Streets is in its tenth year of helping homeless people in the Danbury area transition into permanent housing.To date, Off The Streets has helped over 600 people move out of shelters.
The nonprofit offers three types of assistance to its clients. First, it can provide someone with a security deposit. According to Joe Simons, Administrator of Off The Streets, “a security deposit is often the missing link for someone to move into an apartment.” Second, it provides tangible goods-furniture and household items-to people who often have to start from scratch in their new home. “It’s not uncommon,” Simons explained, “for someone to have to sleep on their apartment’s floor the first few nights.” The third type of assistance, although intangible, is as vital as the others: moral support and motivation. “Being homeless is like being in quicksand,” according to Simons. “We encourage our clients and let them know that they are not alone.”
An all-volunteer organization, Off The Streets finds many of its clients through the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury. It also works with other community-based organizations like Catholic Charities and the Association of Religious Communities, as well as the City of Danbury, local law enforcement, and the Community Cares team at Danbury Hospital. “We all work together beautifully,” said Simons.

Off The Streets is looking for community assitance. Furniture collections are the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon behind the United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue. Please go here to find a list of items in need. Financial support is necessary and always welcomed. Aside from a remarkably meager monthly overhead of $20, all monetary donations go to the organization. Finally, anyone with a pick-up or box truck is invited to help with furniture distribution.

If you would like to help Off The Streets advance its mission, please call 203.733.5880 or email.

Bethel High School Musical The Pajama Game

Love! Music! Politics! The Pajama Game has it all, and Bethel High School’s production of this 1954 Tony-award winning show is not to be missed.

Director Crystal Morgan chose to stage this production for two reasons. First, the show’s large cast and pit orchestra allows for the participation of many students. Second, the show offers a story line that continues to be relevant today: workers’ rights. The added undercurrent of romance only adds to its relevance.

Performers Madeline Olexy (Babe) and Spencer Hall (Hines) are excited to present this show to the public. Olexy calls her character “amazing, strong, independent and powerful.” Hall, for whom The Pajama Game is his first show, says that he is playing someone who is “multidimensional: jealous, loving and demanding.” For Senior Catherine Galliford, The Pajama Game is her first opportunity to be a Stage Manager. She says that she and her crew of 15 have been having a great time working with the set and props of this show.

Mrs. Morgan is proud of how the cast, crew, and musicians have overcome the weather-related rehearsal disruptions since January to reach this point. She adds that the set construction help she has received from parents has been tremendous.

The show will be held Friday, March 23 at 7:00 pmSaturday March 24 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, and Sunday March 25 at 2:00 pm. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Reserve your tickets now by clicking here or emailing here!

Bethel School News


  • March 20: Public Hearing on town and education budget at BHS, 7:00 pm. (Snow date March 22at BMS, 7:00 pm). Childcare provided.
  • March 21: SAT/PSAT Testing Day at BHS
  • March 23: Winterguard Friends and Family Night, BMS gym, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • March 23-25The Pajama Game, Bethel High School Auditorium. See article!
  • March 26: Department of Disabilities Overview, Board of Ed Conference Room, March 26, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • March 27: Financial Aid Night, BHS Auditorium, 6:30 pm
  • March 28: Helping Parents and Caregivers Create Practical Reinforcement Systems in the Home (for pre-K-3rd grade), Board of Ed Conference Room, March 26, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • April 3: Life Course Planning, a Special Education presentation, Board of Ed Conference Room, March 26, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • April 7BMS Color Burst 5K Walk/Run
  • April 7: Bethel Education Foundation’s Barnum Ball