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 has helped more than 10,000 families over the years, more than 600 last year alone. Executive Director Alyssa Kevlahan explains what the experience is like when someone comes in with a list of things they need.
“When someone comes here, they’re shopping, and the way that we have our space set up is very much like a store. So we try to tell our volunteers that as we set up our shelving, make it look like something you might find at Walmart or Target. You know, plates are together and really nice and neat. And the toasters are together. And it just gives people the sense that they are in a store and they’re not sorting through someone else’s stuff,” said Kevlahan.
This woman from Lawrence was among those shopping at Project Home Again for the things her family needs.
“Well I just moved from one apartment to another and I needed stuff for my kids like pillows, and curtains, and sheets and Project Home has those things that can help you when you can’t afford it. They’re there to help and they have everything you need. You know, without you having to waste your whole pocket, you know, when you can’t afford it, when you have kids and you have bills and you have so many things overwhelming and you can’t do it, they’re here to help,” stated the client.
I asked her what she would have done if Project Home Again wasn't there.
“I have no idea, actually. It’s a good project. I think everybody should know about it because it’s really helpful for everybody that has children, even if you don’t have children and you just need things that you can’t afford it and there’s no means of you getting it, Project Home is a place to come and help families out,” she said.
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