House of Hope Shelter Services
House of Hope provides shelter and services at four sites in Lowell, including our main facilities at 812 Merrimack Street and 520 Fletcher Street, a smaller facility on Varnum Avenue and a co-shelter unit on Salem Street. Although different in size, all four shelters share a commitment to treating families with dignity and respect and an expectation that they will engage our staff and contribute to creating a road map that will resolve their homelessness.
House of Hope
The House of Hope main shelter on Merrimack Street is a safe, clean and welcoming environment for families in need of shelter. This building has 3 stories of living space, a common dining area and an exceptionally large indoor and outdoor play area for our children. We depend upon our volunteers to engage our children by supervising art projects, conducting storytime and participating in creative and constructive play. The outside play area has swings, a jungle gym, slides, water sprayers and stationary play structures all to create both entertainment and exploration for House of Hope’s kids.
House of Hope employees include formerly homeless mothers thru master’s level clinicians all with the goal of helping families to feel safe and empower them to create a plan to end their homelessness.
H20 (Hope to Opportunity)
H20 is a smaller program located on the banks of the Merrimack River. The 100 year old building was renovated by House of Hope and provides shelter and services for eight homeless families. The carriage house of this beautiful building houses a children’s play-space that was donated by Horizons for Homeless Children and like our Merrimack Street shelter we depend upon volunteers to engage our children in their important work of play.
House of Hope at Fletcher
House of Hope, Inc. doubled our shelter capacity in the Fall of 2016 and gained the ability to serve families who use wheelchairs and mobility devices, all as a result of acquiring the magnificent building on Fletcher Street lovingly known as “the Old Ladies Home.” This building has been in service to the elderly poor for more than 130 years and we will honor that history by serving our youngest neighbors who are living in poverty. We have been welcomed by our neighbors and supported by the Commonwealth and we pledge to continue to provide high quality shelter services to the families who call HOH on Fletcher Street their temporary home. With Fletcher Street open, we can serve 58 families and as many as 200 homeless individuals each night.