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
Work on the new affordable housing building is moving along rapidly as we look forward to the first tenant families moving in this spring. Interior finishes throughout the apartments are nearing completion and the first floor preschool space is coming along on schedule. The residential space has been transformed with the doors and trim installed and a fresh coat of paint on all walls and ceilings. Lydia’s House is so grateful for the generosity of Organized Living and 15 of their staff for donating all the materials and installation of closets and hardware in the eight apartment units. In early February,
Happy New Year! We had a very busy Christmas season here at Lydia’s House and much merriment was had by all. We launched into Christmas with our annual Christmas Party. This year we hosted at the Red Balloon Cafe and Play Space in Pleasant Ridge. It was great to gather with former guests and volunteers to ring in the season! We started the night off with some lively Christmas carol singing and filling our bellies with delicious Mazunte tacos and desserts. After dinner, the kids were able to enjoy the play space and the adults had fun playing Christmas themed
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.