Thought you'd be encouraged by this article. We attended the memorial service it highlights, and it was packed with a wide array of community members...we saw some of our Christian friends, Jewish friends, and Muslim friends. A Muslim drummer, who Rabbi Dresdner introduced as "my dear friend", played drums with their worship band that accompanied the sung prayers and worship that wove throughout the service.
As Lisa, the rabbi's wife, looked out on the growing crowd pouring in for the service, we heard her comment to someone in front of us that she was not expecting such an outpouring of love, and it overwhelmed her to tears. We heard that the nation saw similar wide response in other towns across the country at this last Friday's Shabbat services, just a week after the killings at the Shabbat service in Pennsylvania. God's love is stronger than hate! -Bruce & Jan, Hope House
LA community honors victims of temple shooting
Linking Neighbors Links Nations
Local Volunteers team-up with friends from Boston for fun 2019 center activities. Thanks to all who helped!!
Congrats to all the 1st generation Americans who won elections to hold offices throughout Maine, including Lewiston's own Safia Khalid! (video)
"People Matter Most" tells the story, in song and pictures, of how the coronavirus pandemic affected Hope House in Lewiston, Maine. A diverse neighborhood rallies to share food and other essentials, to get each other through.
Bruce's Mom, Lillian Willson, on her 92nd birthday (May 25th) was honored with a drive-by parade from her church family in L.A. Lillian is beloved as a Sunday School teacher to little ones, for decades. She also helps us at Hope House whenever she visits.
See some staff at a 6-12-20 Lewiston protest, holding sign "Building a Community of Unity" on the 2 mile march through L/A. Best seen at start and about 14 min. into it the Lewiston Sun Journal coverage.
Awards are being given out to all Hope House Staff who have assisted the center during this 2020 global pandemic, by selflessly enabling needed services to continue.
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This is Not Goodbye
A song to comfort the many who've lost loved ones. Dedicated to 2 faithful supporters of Hope House: Jan's mom, Eileen, and Chaoluan, wife of Pastor Pan. And thanks to Zac & Noah Willson for guitar work (Zac) & drums ( Noah). Song by Jan Willson, recording by Bruce.
"That's What Neighbors Do" is a sequel video to "People Matter Most". It shows that being neighborly isn't just a "nice" idea. It's what helps diverse families survive the hardships of 2020. New friendships thrive, and helping each other becomes much more obvious. All on College St. in Lewiston, Maine can see that's what neighbors do.