Every weekend in September held a joyful event! Here’s a few pictures and notes from the last month at Lydia’s House.


It’s our biggest event of the year: Women for Women. Maria Krzeski has planned and hosted this fundraiser for us for five years, and it is an incredible labor of love. Women gather, clad in shades of blue and purple, to hear the stories of our guests and the trajectory of our mission. MUSE choir serenades us, and we end the night with dinner and desserts. This year, we raised $75,000, exceeding our $50,000 goal. We truly could not do the work of Lydia’s House without Maria and the incredible generosity and commitment of women in our community.


Guests J and S planned this baby shower for weeks! J was our emcee, and led party-goers in some goofy games (including a milk-bottle-drinking contest). Anne prepared an incredible breasts-&-belly-shaped cake, as requested by S. It was beautiful to see S & her daughter, and her future daughter, surrounded by love. S was so delighted and grateful for all the cute and useful gifts she received, and is feathering her nest in her new apartment. The baby is due any day now!


It was the last night of September, and the last night of open season at The Cone. Lydia’s House guests and staff piled into minivans for a chilly night of ice cream in celebration of Meridith’s birthday. We all love ice cream (except toddler J, who is scared of it), but for Meridith, soft-serve is part of her daily office. After gorging on banana splits, ice cream sundaes, and classic soft-serve, kids and adults alike scrounged for quarters to play arcade games and hope for prizes. Our time at this local landmark was so much fun, but my favorite moment was listening to Raffi on the way home and hearing everyone sing along.

Though life may be challenging and stressful, we try to have fun together and celebrate each other. We’re looking forward to all that October brings!