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.