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Lucy’s Hearth Kicks Off Building Campaign

Lucy’s Hearth has launched a statewide building campaign called “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” to
to raise $2.5 million by August 2016 to assist the shelter in moving to a new location at 19 Valley Road, Middletown.

Photo of new Lucy's Hearth Building at 19 Valley Road, Middletown.  Move in is planned for last 2016

Photo of new building taken just before June 29th, 2015 kick off celebration.

Read details about the campaign and find a link to donate by clicking here.

Read the Providence Journal‘s coverage of the campaign kick-off by clicking here.

Watch video from WPRI Channel 12 by clicking here.

Read a post on the NBC 10 website here.


Lucy’s Hearth’s Program Director Needs Your Vote!

Lucy’s Hearth’s program director Jennifer Barrera needs your help so Lucy’s Hearth can receive a $15,000 grant from Harlequin Books.

She’s a 2015 nominee, along with four others, for the “Harlequin More Than Words” award.  Voting continues on-line through 11:59 a.m. Thursday, June 11 to determine the three nominees who will receive $15,000 each to direct toward their favorite charities.  In Jennifer’s case, it’s Lucy’s Hearth, a much-beloved Middletown-based program for homeless mothers and their children.

You can vote every 24 hours until the 11:59 a.m. June 11 deadline at

All the nominees were nominated by authors.  Jennifer was nominated by her cousin, Newport native Marie Force, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today best-selling author.

“I was delighted to nominate my cousin Jennifer for this well-deserved award, and I’m thankful to my publisher, Harlequin, for recognizing real-life heroines like Jen who are making such a difference for their communities,” she said.

“We are most thankful for this nomination and urge everyone to please vote today and vote often,” said Susan Erstling,PhD, chair of Lucy’s Hearth’s board of directors.

2015 Mother’s Day Honorees

We are pleased to present the following people who are being honored through a donation to the 2015 Mother’s Day Appeal.  The Mother’s Day Appeal is a project of the Friends of Lucy’s Hearth.

In Memory of:

Anne R. Littlehale Grinnell

Dorothea Elliot Hamilton

Ellen Dennett

Jeannette Magnan

Edna Boretti

Florence McCanna

Helen Chadwick

Marie Kirsch Schilling from Susan Erstling

In Honor of:

Elizabeth Atlee Trainor

Jane Hunt

Janet Shea

Janet McCarthy

Peg Bierden

Courtney Weir from David Sklarz & Lisa Gladding

Ilene Silverman


Liz Bollard

Rachel Cocroft

Paul Callahan

Susan McCoy

Barbara L. Nash

Edward P. Gosling

Glenn and Kirstie Gardiner

Francine Clark

Malcolm Farmer III

Winkle Kelly

Lucy’s Hearth Planning For A New Home!

The Board of Directors of Lucy’s Hearth has been hard at work planning for a new facility to house Lucy’s Hearth.  Program Director, Jennifer Barrera says ” the current building has served us well but it is time for a new facility.”  The new facility will not only house more families and provide them with updated living spaces but will also be more efficient to operate.

Lucy’s Hearth New Building Campaign Brochure fnl 03-2015

Help us celebrate during the holiday season!

Help us celebrate during the holiday season!


The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at Lucy’s Hearth!  There are so many opportunities to help, we have made a TOP TEN list:


TOP TEN Things you can do to help out at Lucy’s Hearth this holiday season:

1) Volunteer to help with the Adopt-a-Family Program.  Volunteers are needed daily beginning December 15th to help organize and label gifts as they are delivered – please call (401)847-2021 to sign-up.

2) Cook a meal.  Come to Lucy’s Hearth and prepare a warm, hearty meal.  The moms would be grateful to have a helping hand and a ‘night off’ from cooking.

3) We have more than 20 children in residence this holiday season.  Come in and share a holiday craft with the kids.

4) Holiday baking?  Come join our older kids and help them bake a holiday treat.

5) Polar Express… come share your favorite children’s holiday story and bring a special snack.

6) We need Mom gifts!  We are collecting trinkets for moms so that we can set up a ‘Santa’s Workshop’ where kids can shop for a special gift for their mom and wrap it.

7) Speaking of wrapping... we have a very small amount of wrapping to do.  Just kidding… we have a LOT of wrapping – donate one hour of your time or a couple of hours.  Every little bit helps our families have a magical Christmas!

8) Stuff our stocking!  We have a lot of stocking to hang by the chimney with care… donations of small stocking stuffers and treats are always needed.

9) Donate.  Make your annual end of the year financial gift to Lucy’s Hearth.

10) Donate your time and talent!  Lucy’s Hearth is simply a large home with lots of ‘family members.’  Come and share your talents and holiday traditions with us!

Happy Holidays!

Donations During the Holidays

Donations During the Holidays


Effective November 17th we are only accepting donations for the holidays.  Due to limited storage, we will not be accepting clothing and other household items.  We anticipate that we will be accepting regular donations after the new year.  Please check the website to learn when we will begin accepting regular donations again.  If you have addition questions, please contact us! ~ Happy Holidays


2014 Fall for Lucy’s Hearth

Save the Date!
Lucy’s Hearth is celebrating 30 years at the 3rd Annual Fall for Lucy’s Hearth Fundraiser.

Click here for all the details 7.29.14-LH-save-the-date

2014 Mother’s Day Honorees

2014 Mother’s Day Honorees

Below are names submitted as part of Lucy’s Hearth’s Mother’s Day Gift Drive. To learn how to place your Mother’s Day honoree on this list, please click here. The Mother’s Day Gift Drive is a project of the Friends of Lucy’s Hearth.

In Memory of:

Jean Murray DeAngelis

Marie Allana  Barylick

Leslie Popkin

Helen “Betsy” Peirce Prince

Cathleen Shavro

Gina Williams

Peggy Russell

Edna Boretti

Harriet Reeves

Betty Farrington

Bridget “Bridie” Brown

Helen Andrews

Edith LaPane

Aryyrd Caminis

Marie Kirsch Schilling from Susan Erstling

Nancy Leiter Clagett

Ellen F. Dennet

Myra Taylor from Joseph and Julia Trovarelli

Alice Williams

Helen Chadwick from Sara Chadwick


In Honor of:

Tilda Maceroni

Anna R. Croft  & Mary Machtley from Kati Machtley

Peg Bierden from James Bierden

Diance C. Coffey from Elizabeth Coffey-Behan






Lucy’s Hearth Annual Mother’s Day Campaign

The 2014 Annual Mother’s Day Campaign is underway! Honor your mother or another special woman in your life for Mother’s Day by making a donation in their name to support Lucy’s Hearth.

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Happy 30th Birthday to us!

Lucy’s Hearth is celebrating its 30th year serving homeless women and their children!

Lucy’s Hearth was started in 1984 by an interfaith council formed to repurpose the convent located on St. Lucy’s Church Property. The council determined that there was a need for homeless shelter for women and so it began;opening its’ doors with one staff member and a budget of $20,000, Lucy’s provided shelter on a night to night basis.

Today, Lucy’s Hearth is a private, independent 501(c)3 providing shelter and services to hundreds of homeless women and children per year. We are more than just a shelter – providing essential programs and services such as financial literacy education and parenting classes. Our programs and services designed to increase each families’ self-sufficiency and assist them in achieving permanent affordable housing.

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