2014-10-16 / Mainsheet

Falling for Lucy’s Hearth


Anne Collins, Rita Slom and Janice Bell Anne Collins, Rita Slom and Janice Bell Lucy’s Hearth opened its doors in 1984 as an overnight shelter with one staff person and a dedicated group of volunteers. At its recent fundraiser held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, people from across the community gathered to show their support for this long-established beacon.

During the evening’s remarks, one of the residents spoke of her time at the Hearth and exclaimed thanks for the 49 women and 84 children that were helped last year. Another highlight was the presentation of the Susan M. Wilson Volunteer of the Year Award to Mark and Anne Gorman.

Lucy’s Hearth is a 24-hour emergency and transitional shelter for mothers and their children who are homeless due to family crisis, economic hardship, divorce and a shortage of safe, affordable housing. The primary goal is to foster independence and help residents gain the life skills necessary to prevent future chronic homelessness. Every family receives case management and valuable educational and life skills programs.


Pat Coussa and Susan Erstling Pat Coussa and Susan Erstling Today, Lucy’s Hearth provides more than 14,000 bed nights and 23,000 meals every year, and is much more than a shelter.



Kate Cook and Judith Rosenthal Kate Cook and Judith Rosenthal

ABOVE: Crane Anderson, Sara Chadwick and Julie Toland ABOVE: Crane Anderson, Sara Chadwick and Julie Toland

LEFT: Colleen Hopkins and Mark Gorman LEFT: Colleen Hopkins and Mark Gorman

David Barnes and Steve McInnis 
Photos by Jen Carter David Barnes and Steve McInnis Photos by Jen Carter

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