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For 15 years the O'Leary family, working in conjunction with The Believers' Meeting and Adorn Ministries of Salem, NH, have welcomed those who are broken, addicted and/or hopeless in to their home. Unlike traditional programs, they use the idea of "family" and "faith" to impact lives. Many people are taken in as strangers, directly off the streets of Lawrence, Nashua, Manchester, Lowell and Salem, only to soon become part of a family.

As people come in they immediately join in with "normal life" again, doing things like cleaning, working around the house, preparing meals, reading books, integrating crafts and activities in an effort to "reestablish " likes and dislikes for each person. At the same time, the O'Learys and their volunteers are working on identifying and addressing physical, emotional and spiritual triggers (things that would make them think about using drugs again) in each individual and they work to help teach each person new and healthy responses.

As time progresses, each person begins to work on their personal life goals. These tend to include getting the GED, getting their license, rebuilding broken family relationships, paying off debt, building a budget, starting higher education etc. Ultimately, the goal is to walk people through the transformation of brokenness to wholeness. To bring people to a full understanding of their value as human beings. 

We believe EVERY LIFE MATTERS!

The O'Learys do this all out of their 3 bedroom ranch in their small town. Over the past 15 years they have provided shelter to well over 100 men, women and children, somtimes housing up to 14, in addition to their own family of 6. They do not ask for money from anyone but both work tirelessly to provide for the needs of everyone that God brings their way.

This past December they had someone approach them, having seen from a distance the work that has been being done through the years, they offered to put together a matching grant of up to $20,000.00 for those who would contribute to the building of the addition. 

The addition would provide large bunk rooms for those that they take in, as well as extra bathrooms, a larger kitchen space so they can all sit down together and share a meal, and a larger family gathering room. 
 

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2018-01-17 13:11:29

Thank you for your giving heart of serving God’s people praying for the expansion of your home and Gods kingdom

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2018-01-22 18:48:41

What an awesome opportunity you give everyone who lives with you and your family!! Joe and I hope that you are able to build this new addition ASAP and continue to help those who come to you for support and guidance!

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2018-01-30 13:02:25

On Behalf of Ashley Shepard

Robin Lake

2018-02-01 02:11:28

Wish it could be more.

Lisa Couture

2018-02-09 18:53:33

I declare that every penny needed will be raised because Jesus has his hand on this home. He is the way-maker. Love Lisa.

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2018-02-11 20:10:42

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2018-02-23 20:45:11

For my Recovery brothers and Sisters! God Bless

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2018-02-27 10:09:47

I love what you are doing to help all those individuals that are broken in addiction. Your ministry is such a blessing. Please accept this donation towards the addition for your home. God Bless You!

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2018-02-27 10:13:06

You are angels!

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2018-03-01 03:47:45

God bless you in your life of service - you are an inspiration!

Lindsey Messina

2018-03-08 17:38:29

Blessings!

Crystal Breen

2018-03-09 15:34:02

I could never thank you enough for all that you and Jim have done for my family. This is money well spent!! Love you guys!!

Jeffrey Towne

2018-03-11 13:35:31

Love the way your family loves others!

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2018-03-11 15:54:43

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2018-03-13 01:42:27

Almost 1/2 Way there!!! <3 Love and Prayers From Tom & Michelene Langlois <3

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2018-03-22 19:21:58

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2018-03-23 19:50:02

For my Recovery brothers and Sisters! God Bless

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2018-03-30 18:23:07

Love you guys ❤️

Deena and Gary Wagner

2018-04-05 15:47:34

What a blessing you are to your community. You are truly the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are "hungry, thirsty, homeless, shivering, sick, or in prison."

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2018-04-06 18:35:51

You're an amazing family!

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2018-04-10 02:35:01

Praying for you and all your are doing for the kingdom!!

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2018-04-12 00:08:25

Love in Action.❤

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2018-04-16 13:53:53

Love what you are doing. Thanks for pouring into Bethanys life.

Aimee Lessard

2018-04-16 20:25:00

Thank you for what you all are doing....amazing family to open up your home to others in need.

Brett S LaBranche

2018-04-23 19:50:02

For my Recovery brothers and Sisters! God Bless

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2018-04-30 01:27:26

Praying for a successful campaign for your renovation!

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2018-05-23 19:50:01

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2018-06-24 11:51:20

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2018-07-23 19:50:02

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2019-07-22 22:07:56

Thank you for your sacrifice in many ways. Praying multiplication of giving.

Rebecca Stegemoller

2019-07-23 02:50:30

Love you guys! Praying for full funding! Amen

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2019-07-24 16:41:17

So excited for this!

Chip Sutton

2019-08-23 22:12:29

You guys are the real deal. Blessings. Chip

THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME!!!! WE ARE GOING TO BLOW THE ROOF OFF THIS THING!!!
July 22, 2019, 5:29 pm
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That's right! We are getting ready to embark on our very own "Extreme Makeover Home Edition"- O'Leary style! Each step so far has been completely guided by God. What looked like setbacks actually worked out better in our favor!

1. What seemed to go wrong: The town said we needed an engineer to stamp our plans (an additional large cost).
         How God moved on our behalf: Jim contacted an architect, Liz, (who happens to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity!) and once she heard about what takes place here, she was so graciously willling to offer her time pro bono. She has put countless incredible work and hours into the drawings of our house to make the plans even that much better use of space.
                                                    She has come with us to the town to talk with them about the project. She has come with us to the lumber yard to make sure they are on top of their stuff and pricing things correctly. She has met with our builder to make sure that they are on the same plans and there are as few "surprises" as possible once everything begins.
                                                    AND She has gotten her Habitat Team to agree to come and help with the house as well!!!

2. What seemed to go wrong: The initial money was raised a year ago but there was no way for our builders to be able to come here and work last summer
        How God moved on our behalf:We just got everything repriced with current pricing and the cost of everything has GONE DOWN! 

3. What seemed to go wrong: Our builder had certain people in mind to help him build and each one of them was in a rough place in life and it didn't seem possible that they would be able to take part
         How God moved on our behalf: As all this time has passed, each one of those guys are now in a much better place and are able to assist with the project!

4. What seemed to go wrong: After getting the architect to sign off on the plans the town said they wanted MORE validation that the structure was solid and so were requiring a structural engineer to sign off on it which would again be an additional cost.
        How God moved on our behalf: A friend of ours called in a favor to a structural engineer and, after assessing the structure of our foundation, has agreed to stamp the plans for free!

SO! Here we are! We have about half of what we think it may realistically cost to finish this project but God has been making it clear that NOW IS THE TIME TO START!
We are so thankful that we are not on this journey alone. And that EACH ONE OF YOU has come alongside us as we are loving our neighbor as ourself. LIVES ARE CHANGING! PEOPLE ARE BEING SET FREE FROM ADDICTION! AND FAMILIES ARE BEING RESTORED! There is so much to rejoice about! Thank you for rejoicing with us!

Update #6
March 16, 2019, 7:32 pm
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So much has transpired in the past 3 months! One of the major things that took place, is that the largest news magazine in Europe (Der Spiegel) came to our home to ask us what our thoughts were on "how can politics and society better come around women and their children who have been impacted by the opiate crisis." The article just came out last week. The article has been translated in to English and you can read it here...Der Spiegel Article...

Along with that, every Friday our livingroom has been filled to beyond capacity as th church is growing larger every week. We are so excited for the day when the full amount has come in and building can begin. It will double the livingroom space as well as provide an area where we can all sit down and eat dinner together. So far all of the money that has come in has gone in to a "holding account" until we reach our goal. We have decided that we will start when it has all come in. With the number of people that are currently living in our home, it would be very difficult to try and place everyone somewhere else for an extended time if we attempted to begin the house transformation in phases. We believe it just needs to be done in one big swoop. So construction begins when the final dollar is in.

We have also just begun a relationship with His Mansion Ministries that is based in Deering, NH. They are a Christian Farm Recovery Facility that has "intake" three times a year. During the in-between times they are in need of homes that will house people who have been accepted to their program, so that they can be in a safe place until entrance. We have agreed to fulfill that role for them as best we can.

We have been believing that God will bring in all that is needed at the time that construction is supposed to take place. so we are not worried and we are not stressed. we are so thankful for the house we have now and the ability we have to help those that God brings to our door. 

We are so INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for all of you who have come alongside us so far, whether to be a community around those who live here or if you have helped financially or prayerfully. We could not do this without all that has been given. So "THANK YOU".... We will continue to keep you posted as the story unfolds!

Update #5
January 20, 2019, 6:50 pm
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I know it has been a while since the last update...so here goes! We have gotten what seems to be the final pricing on materials and labor for the addition. It includes electrical and plumbing as well as the demolition and reconstruction of various rooms on our main level. Both lumber yard and the contractor are working to give us their best pricing because they believe in what we are doing through our home. All of the money that has been given up to date has gone into a holding account until we can reach the final price. That price is $100,000.00. At present, we have reached the halfway point! Which is so exciting and seems like a complete miracle. Thank you so much for your prayer and your support in all of this! You are a blessing!
 

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April 5, 2018, 10:25 am
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Proposed 2nd Floor

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Existing Main FloorProposed Main Floor

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Existing ElevationProposed Elevation

Update #1
February 27, 2018, 10:22 am
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So MANY EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING! We are progressing to our goal to match the $20,000.00 of the matching grant! THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!

TIME Magazine also just recently came out with a video showing some of the life that takes place here on a daily basis! Super exciting! If you haven't yet you can check out the video on TIME.com. ( TIME VIDEO )

Lydia also just came out with a book on how to raise children who choose well. You can buy it on Amazon ( "The Power of Choice Raising Children Who Choose Well ") , or from Lydia directly if you are local to her. 50% of the proceeds are going towards the addition on the home and the other 50% will be going to the operating costs of a local homeless ministry in Manchester, the 1269 Cafe!

THANK YOU AGAIN! We are so blessed by you all!

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