Shea-Porter visits Lydia’s House of Hope
SOMERSWORTH — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., visited Lydia’s House of Hope in Somersworth Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the transitional residential program for homeless women and children.
During the visit, Shea-Porter discussed the new facility’s progress in helping resident families develop skills to live independent, productive, and happy lives.
“I’m so impressed by the vision and dedication of Lydia’s House of Hope founder Theresa Tozier, business and community leaders, and so many supporters,” Shea-Porter said in a statement. “The all-hands-on-deck community effort made this home a reality. The progress the women at Lydia’s are making is remarkable, and I applaud the hard work of these women and the community that is supporting these new beginnings.”
Lydia’s House Founder and Director Theresa Tozier led Shea-Porter on a tour of the facility. Following the tour, Shea-Porter met with a resident, who spoke about how the program has supported her in everything from finding work to learning to budget to regaining custody.
Tozier said visits like Shea-Porter’s also help the residents to learn about government, but when they come to the house it is not about politics, it is about family, tea and cookies.
“Because Rep. Shea-Porter comes from a social services background, she understands a lot of the issues we are dealing with,” Tozier said. “She got to hear a very powerful testimony from one of the girls and stayed for a long visit.”
Residents are making great strides, including one who has gone from cleaning toilets to cooking in a restaurant, Tozier said.
Since its opening in January, Lydia’s House of Hope has been home to 15 formerly homeless adults and children. The facility’s stated mission is to train and equip homeless families and single women with the necessary mind- and skill-sets required to move out of chronic homelessness into sustainable self-supporting, independent living while providing a safe living environment where residents are counseled, equipped, encouraged and empowered.