Brian’s Angels was founded by Pat Stebbins in her son’s memory, Brian Pinz. Brian died on March 10, 1998, two weeks before his 25th birthday, after having a period of homelessness.
While Brian’s presence is sorely missed by everyone who knew him, his mother Pat knew that she had to do something so no one else would lose a child, a brother, a sister, or a friend to homelessness. Since its founding, Brian’s Angels has been dedicated to helping the homeless residents of Bristol, CT with care and kindness. We work tirelessly all year round to provide food, clothing, and shelter opportunities to those in need. We rely on the passionate volunteers to help keep us going, as well as the generous support of the City of Bristol, and the support of the community.How You Can Help
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss Brian. He had a good heart, a good attitude, and made everyone smile. Today, with the help of our volunteers, the weight of Brian’s passing is lessened when I see how this organization has come together to help others. Brian’s Angels has helped hundreds of homeless people here in Bristol – but beyond that, it has helped many more to see the goodness in others, and the kindness in all of our hearts. It’s only when we help each other that we can truly be the best people we can.
I hope that what we do here at Brian’s Angels can inspire someone to help another person. Maybe someone in your own town, or right here in Bristol. Our mission of giving and caring is important to me, and I know it would be important to Brian, too, if he were here. In his memory, we continue to give back to the community, and to those who are not as fortunate as the rest.
The music and lyrics of this song truly speak to my heart, and I wanted to share it with you. It’s a song about suicide, and reminds me of why I continue to do what I do every day. ~ Pat
Good people, lots of help if needed, a good place to go and eat, rest your feet, and talk with loving and caring people.
One night I was sleeping out in the dugouts in Rockwell park, I heard a cop saying my name through the loud speaker in his car. He said Pat was looking for me and she had pizza. Unfortunately it took me too long to pack my blanket back into my backpack and rush over there, but what matters is that Pat was there, and the Bristol police were there with her. There is only one way to make people feel the way I felt. Go out of your way to help people. Just like Ms. Stebbins does. You can tell in her eyes that she has been through a lot; regardless, she gives her all. She came to a park with subway and McDonald’s gift cards at Page Park when I was without food or shelter. She keeps a safe and clean facility for people with nothing but a broken beating heart to go to. She asks you how you are and gives you a hug when you need it, and you can feel that she needs it too. If Pat Stebbins is not a prime example of how we should react with one another then I don’t know what love is. She is one woman, and impacts so many in a great way. She can’t help everybody, as nobody can…. but if we all had the integrity of this great woman, life might be a little easier.
Brian’s Angels helps hundreds of homeless and under served people in Bristol, Connecticut. All of our clients suffer from food insufficiency and to combat this, Brian’s Angels provides daily snack bags with food items that have been graciously donated to us. We also supply them with toiletry kits which include toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary wipes, deodorant, and more.
Our 100% volunteer organization needs YOU! Whether you can volunteer a few hours a week or month, can donate canned goods, clothing, or toiletries, or would like to make a monetary donation, we greatly appreciate it! We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of our community!