The past year has been one of significant change for the Louison House. New director, new board members and, quite literally, a trial by fire for its Victorian headquarters.
So Thursday morning the nonprofit shelter for the homeless held its first annual breakfast meeting in some time to share what Louison House has been doing with the community and its many area partners.
Pull out your scrunchies and lace gloves and don't cut that mullet — you'll need to be totally rad if you want to solve a murder in a hair band.
"Totally '80s, Totally Murder Mystery Dinner" this Friday at 6 p.m. at Mingo's Sports Bar and Grill will dip into 1980s nostalgia for an evening of entertainment that will also help fund educational programs at Louison House.
The authority agreed earlier this year to transfer the Church Street home to Louison House for $1 but the final closing has not taken place. In the meantime, the family shelter was forced to move into the building after a fire on June 26 damaged the Adams residential shelter.
The Fire Department raised and donated $900 to the Louison House.
The Fire Department held a spaghetti dinner at Bounti-Fare to raise money for the nonprofit family shelter that suffered water and fire damage at its Adams building several months ago.
Residents displaced by the recent fire at Louison House in Adams will be able to stay in Flood House.
The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved Thursday a temporary emergency lease agreement with the shelter's operator, Family Life Support Center Inc., to house the families and individuals left homeless after last weekend's fire.
North Adams Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn reported that the fiscal 2015 audit came back with no financial findings.
"We have no financial findings which is the most important," Hohn told the housing authority commissioners Monday. "There are no questioned costs."
Brayton Elementary students learned how to give back to the community and donated handmade blankets and food to the Louison House.
Students from Marie McCarron’s leadership afterschool program “Giving Back” decided they wanted to do something nice for the residents at the Louison House, the non-profit family support center.
McCann Technical School's SkillsUSA Chapter President Lauren DeRose and members Claire Klammer and Alexx Langlois explained their contributions to the non-profit Family Life Support Center in Adams.
School Committee member Gary Rivers said through the donations, repair work, and kindness of the McCann students, they were able to make the Louison House a "home" for the holidays.