We Care About Homes & Home At Last
In the late 1980s, when the housing market was booming, low-income families were increasingly unable to find safe, quality housing within their means. Founders Stella MaeSeamans and LeLand McDonough of Beverly, and James Nix of Manchester joined forces with the late Joseph Lumino to create We Care About Homes, a grassroots organization dedicated to creating vitally-needed affordable housing for families. Volunteers raised money through community grants and fundraising events such as spaghetti dinners, auctions, and theater outings.
Within a year, We Care About Homes was able to purchase a multi-family home on West Dane Street and rent the newly renovated apartments to deserving families. We Care About Homes grew into seven properties to qualified families of limited resources. Cotton Mill, was added in 2009 via a partnership with Home At Last a non profit long affiliated with the Second Congregational Church. Named for its rich history, Cotton Mill stands on the site of our nation’s first cotton mill, which was once visited by George Washington.