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Lawrence, MA - Neighbors in Need

Lawrence, MA - Neighbors in Need

Our New Home—Our Commitment
In March 2006, DharmaCrafts moved to Lawrence, MA, an historic mill city struggling to rebuild and reinvent itself. Once a thriving city and the hub of the U.S. textile industry, the City of Lawrence has never recovered from the devastating economic decline it suffered when the mills began to close in the 1960's. Despite having one of the poorest populations in New England and suffering from years of disinvestment and decline, Lawrence is showing signs of renewal, including a growing, vibrant population of immigrants, and public and private investments are now beginning to flow into the city.

The more we learn about the City of Lawrence, the more we feel compelled to reach out to the people and use DharmaCrafts as a vehicle for positive social change within our new community. We invite you, our Dharma friends, to join us.

Interesting Facts about the City of Lawrence

  • Lawrence is called "The Immigrant City." Citizens of over 60 nations built the city and worked in the mills. As late as 1950, 90% of Americans could trace a direct family member to the city of Lawrence.
  • Lawrence is the site of the famous "Bread and Roses Strike," which marked the beginning of the American Labor Movement.
  • World renowned and celebrated composer and Boston Symphony conductor, Leonard Bernstein, was born in Lawrence
  • Poet Robert Frost was born in Lawrence

The Power to Dream
We've selected three stellar non-profit organizations whose work exemplifies the community - based, grassroots movement of hope within Lawrence - the movement that gives current residents of Lawrence, especially youth, the power to shape and change their environment, and most importantly, to dream about their future. While you browse through our store today, we invite you to read about these wonderful programs for change and empowerment.

  • Lazarus House — serving the poor, sick and homeless
  • Groundwork Lawrence - Green Team and Outdoor Youth Corps
  • Movement City - Lawrence Community Works - Performing Arts program for youth

Lazarus House - A Shelter for Families
Lazarus House - A Shelter for Families

Lazarus House is an emergency shelter that provides a safe, clean and supportive environment for homeless families and individuals in Lawrence, MA. Guests may stay at Lazarus House while looking for a permanent home. Lazarus House has 31 beds and 7 cribs, with separate rooms for men, women, and families. Lazarus House provides three meals a day, clothing, laundry, linens, toiletries, infant care supplies, as well as all of the things a family needs to be a family. With the philosophy of offering a hand up, rather than a hand out, this shelter provides the necessary foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty and resuming independent living in the future. more...




Movement City - Lawrence Community Works
Movement City - Lawrence Community Works

Movement City is an exemplary youth program that offers homework help, access to computers and technology, as well as excellent training in the fine, graphic, and performing arts. Movement City fires kids' creativity and imagination - they love it! This innovative program draws from a community of professionals (artists, actors, designers, photographers), who volunteer their time as teachers and mentors for such classes as Performing Arts, Design & Technology, Mentoring & Academic Support, and Money Management. Emphasis is placed on discovering and developing abilities, building healthy peer relationships and self-esteem, gaining access to higher education, and shaping the future of the City.




Groundwork Lawrence
Groundwork Lawrence

With the motto, "Changing Places, Changing Lives," the Green Team and the Lawrence Outdoor Youth Corps employ school students to monitor local ecosystems, as well as direct environmental service-learning projects. While learning new skills and environmental studies, Lawrence teens also learn that they are an integral part of the eco-system of the city, and that they have the power to make an impact on their own neighborhood.

The youth environmental programs offered by Groundwork Lawrence are crucial in providing healthy role models for kids, and encouraging them to consider higher education. Teens learn leadership skills, environmental stewardship, and work responsibility, while earning money for college. Teens in these programs are often the first in their family to attend college, or receive a high school diploma.. The programs are funded by grants, scholarships, and outside donations, so each contribution to this program has a direct correlation on the number of students who may participate.