From our executive director, Marjorie St Paul: I would like to welcome Alison Brookes, M.D. as the new President of our Board of Directors. Alison has been an active board member for several years and a volunteer for over 15 years, sharing her time and energy with the agency in so many ways.
The Lynn Shelter Association Fundraiser was a warm celebration of our community. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, the evening was a great success and raised over $33,000 in donations! Your outpouring of generosity will help us provide shelter and support to those in our community who are most in need.
The event program displayed our gratitude for the many ways LSA partners strengthen our mission: We featured our clients and friends in fashions that are stylish and accessible through our newly opened Succeed in Style program which offers professional and chic clothing to those who are getting their lives back together.
Karen Byron is working to end homelessness among the city’s young people. Byron, a consultant for the Lynn Continuum of Care, a group of nonprofits whose mission is to find housing for the displaced, is conducting a Youth Count Housing and Homeless survey. The purpose of the study is to learn how many homeless young people are in the state.
This winter, Lynn Shelter Association vice president Karen Bowden came to the shelter to ask residents if anyone wanted to be trained to use a camera to chronicle their daily lives on the streets. She told them photos would be enlarged, mounted, and exhibited in a September fund-raiser for the opening of a day center for homeless people.
On Sunday, April 17 more than 80 teens and parents from the North Shore volunteered their time to perform a complete interior and exterior makeover of Lynn Shelter Association’s (LSA) Bridge House family shelter program located at 24 Baker Street in Lynn. Bridge House is home to 14 adults and 15 children who are experiencing homelessness and one of three family shelters that fall under the LSA umbrella of services. Students from North Shore Teen Initiative based in Marblehead, led by Program Manager, Sophie Katzman planned the day of service for several weeks coordinating all resources and building supplies.
With nowhere to go, homeless seek shelter.
The Lynn Adult Emergency Shelter may not be a place most people would choose to sleep — but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be welcoming and comfortable.
So, the shelter is asking the community for help raising about $10,000 to buy new beds and mattresses as part of a larger project to gussy up the Willow Street building.
The American Dream rolled over and died again on a recent morning. This time the setting was a spit of oceanfront land tucked behind the Lynn-way, with views of Boston.
They call this patch of coastal woods Tent City, and it’s the end of the line for those who have burned just about every connection to the outside world. Here, souls leave traces of their demons along the paths that circle a few small hills and trees. Used hypodermic needles, empty liquor bottles, and old crack pipes lead a trail to tents and sleeping bags alongside rusted cooking grills, clotheslines, and piles of moldy trash.
Officials are reminding residents to be aware of the city’s elderly and to use caution as chilling temperatures head into the region. “We have yet to come to time where we have had to turn people away from beds, and have yet to hit capacity either, so we’ve got a little bit of a buffer zone,” Lynn Shelter Association Street Advocate Patrick Byrne said.