End of Summer Event
We held our end of summer event with 250 free back-to-school backpacks for the kids, a big yard sale of new clothes, coats and household items, and a COVID-19 vaccination drive. We also distributed food to 200+ families.
The event was attended by State Senator Ed Kennedy, State Representative Vanna Howard, City Councilor Sokhary Chau, Dan O'Conner, the acting director of the City of Lowell Hunger and Homeless Comission Dominik Lay, school committee member,, Stacey Thompson, candidate for school committee, and Lowell Mayor John Leahy, who presented us with a proclamation from the City of Lowell declaring September as Hunger Action Month and recognizing the work that Dwelling House of Hope has been doing.
State Senator Ed Kennedy (Left) and Mayor John Leahy (Center) presenting Levenia Furusa, Founder and Executive Director of Dwelling House of Hope with a Proclamation from the City of Lowell declaring September as Hunger Action Month and recognizing the great work that Dwelling House of Hope is doing in the community
The COVID-19 vaccination clinic (Foreground, Right) and people lined up for Back-to-School Backpacks (Background, Left)
Family Hygiene Day 2021
Dwelling House of Hope held its first Family Hygiene Day. We gave out 250 bags of personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, etc.) in addition to our usual food distribution. Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Representative Thomas Golden, Lowell Mayor John Leahy and Lowell Councilor Sokhary spoke to clients encouraging everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Congresswoman Lori Trahan encourage people at DHH pantry to get vaccinated and assured them that Dwelling House of Hope will continue to supply them with nutritious food
Councilor Sokhary at DHH pantry looking at food boxes to be distributed
Councilor Sokhary addressing those who have come to pick up food
Dwelling House of Hope Zero Tolerance To Racism
I am writing to reiterate Dwelling House of Hope’s sentiments regarding racism and white supremacy. And, on behalf of all of us at Dwelling House of Hope, I would again like to express our condolences to families, friends, and colleagues of those who lost their lives through the brutal hands of police.
Dwelling House of Hope serves a multi racial community with a policy built on the principle of Love. We do not discriminate based on color of the skin, race, religious affiliation, gender or creed.
Because Dwelling House of Hope is built on Love, as clarified by Saint Paul in 2 Corinthians 13:4-5 when he said, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” NIV
For many years, Dwelling House of Hope has maintained its founding philosophy of giving love in its purest form. Dwelling House of Hope will continue to treat all people with respect, dignity and courtesy.
The staff of Dwelling House of Hope is a blend of different races and color spreading unconditional love, that has teamed up together to give memorable experiences to the people they serve.
I commend our volunteers for excelling during these tough times of the unrest caused by the senseless killing of Mr. Floyd by police and the coronavirus pandemic. Despite that we’re short-handed, we are amazingly able to extend our services beyond our boundaries to include those working tirelessly to combat COVID-19.
I conclude by saying, “Let the Dwelling House of Hope continue to pass on love -the godly contagious virus of the day- and aid in the eradication of racism and white supremacy.
Executive Director, Dwelling House Of Hope
COVID-19 Response from Dwelling House of Hope
During the COVID-19 health emergency, we have been working tirelessly to meet the food security needs of our community. In addition to more families needing assistance, we are also helping to deliver food to people who are unable to leave their homes. We have been partnering with Lowell Alliance, Lowell Community Health Center, Vinfen, New American Center, and Local Churches to deliver food to those who cannot leave their homes. We have also modified our on-site distribution to incorporate social distancing guidelines and to minimize contact between individuals, including pre-packing food in boxes for pick up.
If you are in need of food assistance you should call 1 866 674-9988 and register to pick up food.
Dwelling House of Hope Inc
Dwelling House of Hope (DHH) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that seeks to empower men and women with the right tools and opportunities, needed to birth their vision into something that contributes to the betterment of society.
To compassionately alleviate poverty among people in need and assist in the recovery from drug abuse; treating those we serve with dignity and respect. We seek not only to address a person's immediate needs but also to raise them to self-sufficiency.
Our Vision is to reach out to men, women and youths who have lost their sense of dignity, confidence, self-esteem and pride, due to abuse (physical or mental), homelessness, drug addiction, hunger or simply lack of love. We envision a society where men, women and youths can fully live out their dreams in a non-judgmental environment, and becoming all that God has created them to be.
Our Purpose is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and youths in our community. Dwelling House of Hope fosters and encourages partnerships to provide people with the right tools and skills needed to empower them. Our hope is that everyone who comes in contact with Dwelling House of Hope will have an unforgettable encounter of encouragement and hope, as we reflect on the power and grace of God. Relationships do not just happen; they are nurtured and produced through love and sincere affection. God has revealed His love to us through His Son, and it is our passion to share that love through genuine care and concern for others.
Quality: We are committed to excellence in services, products and operation.
People: We will treat all people with respect, dignity and courtesy. We will work to provide an inclusive environment where everyone can work and learn together.
Stewardship: We will use our resources wisely, with accountability to our donors, supporters and the public.
Integrity: We will be honest and fair in our dealings with others.
Collaboration: We are appreciative of our community partners, donors, volunteers and employees for their commitment and support.