Laura Menze, Lydia’s House Occupational Therapist On the afternoon of the opening of the Virginia Coffey Place, I walked through the units and turned on lights before making the final descent with the mop bucket, kicking off my boots wary of getting them wet. Mopping those steep stairs for all the attendees was a christening of that space, but not in the champagne over the bow of a ship or the baptism sort of christening, both unique and singular events, rather it was a christening of a life lived in that space, a life that will include sweeping and mopping
As the Lydia’s House community rejoices in springtime weather with walks to Ameristop for ice cream and plans for a backyard grill out, we also have celebrated the conclusion of Winter Wellness BINGO. Winter Wellness BINGO was created as winter grey days and holidays, often a trigger for painful memories, loomed ahead. Each guest and staff member was given a BINGO card with various activities to complete over the winter months. This activity gave a language and a framework for having regular conversations about practicing coping skills, building positive relationships, and engaging in healthy leisure activities. Staff of Lydia’s House
Our community of supporters gathered at Vineyard Central Church for an afternoon of moving speakers, songs from Muse choir, prayers of thanksgiving, and oohs, ahhs and applause after all the hard work of renovation was completed on the new affordable housing building. Lydia’s House gathered together former guests, elected officials, clergy, donors, volunteers and neighbors and proudly unveiled the new Virginia Coffey Place, named for activist and educator Virginia Coffey. Supporters toured apartment units fully furnished and brightly decorated and saw “before” pictures of the dilapidated decayed interiors that a dedicated crew and volunteers have skillfully transformed into welcoming homes
We’re so excited to announce that we have a name for our new building. After a long search process that involved input from many parties, we’re naming our new supportive housing after local civil rights leader Virginia Coffey. Virginia was a girl scout leader, teacher, activist for integration of public spaces, mentor to many young women, and the founding head of the Human Relations Commission. We hope her legacy will be honored as our building provides a permanent home to young moms who seek stability for their families. Please join us on March 17 at 4pm as we pray blessings
Workers have been busy 7 days a week and we remain on schedule to open in the spring of 2019! The latest updates include adding drywall to the walls of our new building and installing HVAC systems. Exterior detail work and finishes are going up soon. Thank you so much to our faithful volunteers especially Dan Aerni, Dennis Bishop and Dane Miller (aka the triple D’s). We look forward to offering affordable apartments to our guest families, keeping them in community with Lydia’s House in a supportive, asset rich neighborhood! We’re so pleased to announce our first commercial tenant: Azalea Montessori.