Borden House is an intentional Christian community in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. Our core values are love, justice, and hospitality, grounded in the grace of Jesus.
MISSION & HISTORY.
The Jubilee Project is an initiative of the Borden House to seek spiritual, relational, and physical flourishing through worship, community, and housing.
Borden House is an intentional Christian community and 501(c)3 organization in New Haven that was founded in 2018. Today, the community consists of ten residents in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut. We are a group of committed Christians who desire to serve the city of New Haven by accepting Jesus' invitation to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Since 2018, we have seen God working in amazing ways. By God's grace, we have developed a flourishing intentional Christian living community grounded in Biblical principals. We have also hosted worship gatherings that draw people from around the city to encounter Jesus. As we live out life in the neighborhood, we've also hosted gatherings alongside neighbors, planted vegetable gardens, installed a basketball hoop for kids from the neighborhood (and enjoyed many games with them), and hosted worship gatherings with people from around the city. But there is much more to do.
Borden House is named after Bill Borden, a young Christian who moved to New Haven in 1905 to attend Yale. Borden was disturbed by the way both that extreme poverty and extreme privilege defined the city. He eventually used his resources to buy an entire apartment complex that became a community where formerly unhoused people could live, known as Yale Hope Mission. Here, people from vastly different backgrounds and experiences could enjoy community and hospitality and mutual encouragement, flowing from the hopes of Jesus.
Borden was not a perfect person, but he provided inspiration for what it means to be a good neighbor in New Haven. Our city faces a crisis of community, where we are alienated from one another, disconnected from our neighborhoods, and divided along racial and class lines. Our city is also facing a housing crisis, one that threatens to force long term residents out of their homes and neighborhoods.
Our dream and vision is to see holistic transformation in our community as both spiritual and practical needs are met through the love of Jesus.
We are grateful for the mentorship, guidance, and support provided by our partners.