Beth-El Center Welcomes New Chief Development Officer

(Milford, CT January 31, 2024)  – Beth-El Center homeless shelter and community kitchen in Milford is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Chief Development Officer Richard Popilowski effective January 22, 2024. Popilowski comes to the Beth-El Center with a deep commitment to community involvement along with extensive fundraising expertise.

With a career of over 35 years working in the nonprofit industry, Popilowski has spent the last eight years with the Ronald McDonald House of CT and Western MA as its Director of Principal and Major Gifts, Chief Development Officer and Director of the Capital Campaign to build the new Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. He has generated millions of dollars for the organizations he has worked for including Fairfield University, Bridgeport Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Nantucket Hospital, Milford Hospital, United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and CT Burns Care Foundation through major gifts, annual and planned giving, events, grants and capital campaigns.

As Beth-El Center’s Chief Development Officer, Popilowski will be responsible for creating a comprehensive development program that expands the Center’s fundraising activities. He is taking over for our previous Director of Development, Troy Gonda, who recently departed to pursue a new endeavor in the Waterbury area. Troy spent the past 18 months initiating the Center’s development and gifts operations, organizing and growing its donor database and coordinating fundraising projects.

“Troy’s impact on the whole Beth-El Center community will be long-lasting and we are so grateful for the time and expertise he committed to us”, according to Jenn Paradis, Beth-El Center’s Executive Director, “We’re excited to welcome Dick to serve as a key member of the Center’s leadership team to support our growth and development as we plan for our expansion and new building.”

For more information about Beth-El Center and its services, visit or call 203.876.0747.

Photo Attached: Beth-El Center’s new Chief Development Officer, Richard Popilowski

About Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center is a recognized leader in caring for and meeting the needs of those experiencing hunger and homeless in the greater Milford area. The Center serves individuals and families by providing shelter and case management services which provide support and assistance for achieving self-sufficiency. The Center’s community kitchen offer hot meals to community members in need and feeds up to eighty persons daily. The Beth-El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. Visit for more information.