BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Project Home Again in Lawrence which turns houses into homes by providing low-income families with new and gently-used household goods so they can live with comfort and dignity.
Project Home Again Founder Nancy Kanell says they help a broad range of people.
“We have people who have lost everything to fires. We have some families who have had to move and just haven’t had the means to take anything with them. We do a lot of work with some refugee organizations,” Kanell said.
They also help those who have suffered at home.
“We have a good number of domestic violence women who literally have had to leave with the clothes on their back and they have nothing. And they come here and sometimes they’re very traumatized and it’s very hard for them to even ask for anything,” added Kanell.
Project Home Again has assisted families affected by the gas fires and explosions that occurred in the Merrimack Valley in September. Kanell expects those families will need help over the next two years.
“People are gonna be getting into permanent housing and they’re gonna need everything. We do raise funds for new mattresses for families and we’re anticipating we’ll need an awful lot of beds and what we’re going to do is as families move in, we’re gonna publish what their needs are and hope that people in the community will help,” said Kanell.
And she says money to help those families has come from all over.
“We have gotten donations from Delaware, from South Carolina, from Ohio, a belly dancing community in Rhode Island raised money and sent us a check. People have heard about it from all over the place and I’m very optimistic that when the time comes, we’ll be able to really help the families,” Kanell concluded.
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