On Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm, Middletown-based Lucy’s Hearth, will host their 9th annual Fall For Lucy’s Hearth.

The exciting one-hour virtual event, hosted by New  York Times Bestselling Author Marie Force, will showcase what Lucy’s Hearth does for the homeless children and families it serves and even includes a virtual 360-degree tour of our fabulous facility, narrated from a child’s perspective.  

Lucy’s Hearth is a 24-hour emergency and transitional shelter for families and their children who are homeless due to economic hardship, family crisis, divorce, eviction, and the severe shortage of safe, affordable housing.  The primary goal is to foster independence and help the residents gain the life skills necessary to prevent future homelessness.

“We face an unprecedented health and financial crisis as many Rhode Island families face eviction from their homes,” noted Lucy’s Hearth Executive Director Kelly A. Lee.  “Lucy’s stands ready to help these families get back on their feet and end the cycle of homelessness as quickly as possible. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, our facility has  remained open and operational, with our staff and leadership stepping up and taking  extra safety measures to ensure the well-being and safety of our families.” 

“Because we are one of the few homeless shelters that accept children, Lucy’s Hearth has been hit exceptionally hard by this health crisis,” Board Chair Mark Gorman said.  “Now, more than ever, we are asking our generous and caring community to open their  hearts to the homeless families we serve and have a virtually fun evening with us on  October 29 at the same time.”

Visit LiveFromLucys.org to register and donate.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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