Dwelling House of Hope Events

Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway

November 2022

Dwelling House of Hope’s Thanksgiving event was a great success! We distributed 3000+ food boxes, gift cards, baking trays and turkeys to residents of the Greater Lowell area in partnership with the United Way of Merrimack Valley, and Greater Boston Food Bank.  We are grateful to the many community volunteers who joined us to make this day of giving possible. Working hard amongst the volunteers and leaders were state Senator Edward Kennedy,  state Representatives Rodney Elliott, State Representative Vanna Howard, and Lowell City Councilors John Drinkwater and Erik Gitschier, UMass Lowell’s fraternity Delta Kappa Phi, Dwelling House of Hope Youth Group, and the Outreach Team from Greater Lowell Health Aliance.
Through our partnerships with Fusion Church, Lowell Health Department, Health Resources in Action, Greater Lowell Health Alliance, we also provided Covid-19 vaccinations, hygiene bags for covid-19 prevention and $75 gift cards for each vaccinated person.  Our next vaccination clinic will be December 17, 2022, and anyone who will be vaccinated on that day will receive $75 gift card.
 Santa will also be joining us December 17, to give toys to any child who comes on this day.
Volunteers loading up a food cart
A look from above at the drive
Senator Kennedy, Councilor Gitschier and Katie Padmore from United Way
Volunteers from Delta Kappa Phi pause for a photo

COVID-19 Safety Education Day

October 2021

This October we held an event to emphasize the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our speakers expressed the importance of continued hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing. We also distributed supplies of personal protection and hygiene items.


End of Summer Event

August 2021

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.

August 2021 proclamation

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


Family Hygiene Day 2021

June 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.


From Left- Representative Thomas Golden, Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Founder/Executive Director of Dwelling House Of Hope Levenia Furusa, Mayor Of Lowell John Leahy, Councilor Sokhary and Mayor of the Day at our Family Hygiene Day


Congresswoman Lori Trahan encourage people at DHH pantry to be vaccinated


Councilor Sokhary at DHH pantry looking at food boxes to be distributed


Councilor Sokhary addressing the community

Mother’s Appreciation Day 2021

May 2021

Every year Dwelling House of Hope makes a special effort to honor mothers on Mother’s Day. This past year has been especially hard for mothers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Who would know that life could change so quickly? All the plans we had were all shattered. Mothers had to adjust their schedules, working from home, losing their jobs, remote schooling their children, isolation from support networks, and loss of socializing with friends, family, and loved ones.

This year we were joined by State Senator Ed Kennedy and State Representative Vanna Howard in our efforts to lift Mothers’ sprits and let them know that they are not forgotten.


Thanksgiving 2020

November 21, 2020

This year we distributed boxes of food for Thanksgiving to 470 families, many of them were delivered to people’s homes with the help of our partner organizations.

Boxes being prepared for Thanksgiving. More stuff was added on Saturday, including vegetables, bread, pastries, meat and turkey. The clients were also given a $50 Market Basket gift card by the United Way.

Box prep
Food Pickup

Lowell Community Health Center Staff Picking up food for their housebound clients

Clients in line for Thanksgiving food distribution


Senator Ed Kennedy helping to hand some Thanksgiving boxes full of goodies. Levenia, the executive director, is distributing $50 Market Basket gift cards donated by the United Way.


Mother’s Appreciation Day 2020

May 2020

We continued to honor mothers on mother’s day, even in the midst of the COVID-19 health emergency. We delivered gifts, cakes, roses and boxes of food to those hardest hit by the health emergency.


Thanksgiving Food Distriubtion

November 23, 2019

This November Dwelling House of Hope teamed with the United Way to distribute Thanksgiving meals to those in need. In addition to our usual food distribution, clients received fixing for Thanksgiving and a gift certificate to purchase a Turkey or other food to complete their meal. We served over 200 Clients this day!

LTC News Short – Dwelling House of Hope

On this LTC News short, we see how Dwelling House of Hope, Inc. gave back to the community for Thanksgiving.Posted by LTC Lowell on Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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Back-to-School Backpacks

September 2019

In collaboration with The Wish Project, we provide school-age children with free backpacks filled with school supplies.


Appreciating mothers on Mothers’ Day

May 2019

Appreciating mothers on Mothers’ Day

May 2018



Queuing for Mother’s Day gift boxes.

Appreciating mothers on Mothers’ Day

May 2017

Levenia assisting one of the mothers to carry her food outside on Mother’s Day 2017.

Birthday Celebration

Celebrating a Birthday for an 87 year old lady who has been benefiting from the Pantry.

IMG_1702The team of DHH had a cake and they sang Happy Birthday songs.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

April 15, 2016

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