Salve Regina has a legacy of volunteerism at Lucy's Hearth

On Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm, Lucy’s Hearth will host their annual fundraiser, “Fall For Lucy’s Hearth”, online for the first time.

The one-hour virtual event, hosted by New York Times Bestselling Author Marie Force, will honor Salve Regina University president Dr. Kelli Armstrong and the “enduring and inspiring partnership between Salve Regina University and Lucy’s Hearth”.

According to a press release of Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI), unprecedented challenges have faced Lucy’s Hearth and Salve Regina University students this year, “But thanks to the dedication of Salve Regina University president Dr. Kelli Armstrong, university alumni, and current students, who have heroically volunteered when they were needed most, Lucy’s Hearth has been able to continue providing essential care to homeless families during COVID-19”. 

“We face an unprecedented health and financial crisis as many Rhode Island families face eviction from their homes,” noted Lucy’s Hearth Executive Director and Salve Regina alumna Kelly A. Lee in a statement. “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.”

As the university president, Dr. Armstrong eagerly embraced community organization and made her first visit to Lucy’s Hearth shortly after arriving at Salve Regina, according to FSRI. “During her visits, she had a great impact on the residents immediately.  One Mom, who recently moved to Lucy’s Hearth, shared her personal journey which led to her and her children’s homelessness.  Dr. Armstrong listened and responded with warmth, encouragement, and supportive words. She spoke with children about their experiences at Lucy’s Hearth and focused on their needs. This is so important for the families who come to Lucy’s Hearth– the majority of which have been impacted by various forms of trauma”.

Salve Regina alumnus and Children’s Activity Coordinator at Lucy’s Hearth Alley Harkness knows firsthand the impact the school’s volunteerism has had on residents. “Not only are we providing families with shelter right now, but we’re helping them get back on their feet so that they don’t need to end up back in a place like this,” she said. 

View a trailer of the Fall for Lucy’s Hearth event here, and join Lucy’s Hearth for the full online event at 7 PM on October 29, 2020. 

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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