Testimonials from people we have served
Hello Ms. Furusa,
This Letter comes to express my thanks and appreciation to Dwelling House of Hope Food pantry and the volunteers for helping our community. It is not easy trying to make ends meet as a single parent. As a recipient, your generosity has eased my burden and anxiety about providing food for my family of four. I am very grateful for your kindness and sacrifice. It is people like you who make life more bearable for the less fortunate.
God bless you and your volunteers.
“I was left widowed with 3 young children following the death of my husband in the 9/11 terrorist attack. After that time, I struggled with depression and alcoholism, and life was really tough.
However, one day a friend of mine took me to Dwelling House of Hope. Prior to going to the food pantry, I thought I was only going to be given food. But to my surprise,
I was given much more than food. The staff and volunteers at Dwelling House of Hope, welcomed me with love and compassion, and also enrolled me in the CPR and First Aid training classes.
Today, I have a full time job that caters to the needs of my family, more energy and hope for a better future. Dwelling House of Hope has brought out the best in me, and I look forward to volunteering at the pantry every Saturday to help other families”.
“My name is Charlie, and I'm Thirty seven years old. Life has never been easy. I didn't know they were still good people out there. Most people when they see you have no clue about your life; they quickly like to judge instead of trying to help you. I used to be in the streets of Lowell, mainly in downtown and spend my nights under the bridge. I used to beg for money during the day and used it to buy drugs and alcohol and share with some friends.
This has been my life for a very long time. I wished every day that I was dead.
I had no hope to live, until I met a lady from Men and Women of Vision Empowering Nations. She didn't care that I smelled and that I was dirty. She took me to a place called New Challenge where I got some help. After a few months, I was able to get a job and a place of my own to live.
You people from Men and Women of Vision Empowering Nations are very different and I know of other people you have helped that their lives have turned around for good. I thank God every day for you, because I know that without your efforts in getting me the help I needed, I may not have been here today”.
"I came to this country as a refugee. I could not speak good English and I found it very difficult to adapt to the different food culture in this country. I also didn’t have enough money to provide for my family of seven as I was unemployed at the time.
One day a neighbor took me to Dwelling House Of Hope Food Pantry. We had the opportunity of meeting with the founder Ms. Furusa who served us with dignity and love. I wasn’t familiar with some of the food items that were given to me, and I did not know how to prepare them for my family. For example, I did not know how to prepare tuna sandwich. However, the staff at the pantry invited me to their cooking classes. I got to learn how to prepare some of the food items which they had been giving me. Because of my experience, I also introduced some other refugees with a similar experience as mine to Dwelling House of Hope Food Pantry.
We thank the staff at Dwelling House Of Hope for their kindness and love towards people in need. They did not only provide us with nutritious food and taught us how to prepare some of them; they also made us feel welcome and accepted in a new environment”.
"I am a mother with five children. My husband is in prison and it has been very difficult for more to provide food for my children. I work as a CAN. Most of the time I pick up extra hours in order to provide food for five my children.
Most of the time when I get home I will be too tired to spend time with my children, I just take a shower and sleep. I having been visiting food pantries but the food which they pack in boxes for me and my children we hardly use most of it.
One day a friend introduce me to Dwelling house of Hope Pantry. When I walked in there I was surprised to see the love and service I received in there. There gave me the opportunity to pick up the food which I knew my family would put into use.
Since then I have been visiting Dwelling House Of Hope Food Pantry (Helping Hands). I don’t pick extra shift anymore I work my normal shift and I have time to spend with my five children."
I do Thank Dwelling House Of Hope Pantry for the Great work they do in the community, and I really enjoy volunteering at DHH.