Louison House asking for help in transition following fire

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NORTH ADAMS — The Louison House homeless shelter is asking for help from the community as it temporarily transitions from its fire-damaged headquarters in Adams to the Flood House in North Adams.

The shelter is asking for everything from a freezer to help moving furniture as it prepares the Flood House on Church Street for short-term use as a homeless shelter.

A June 26 fire at the Louison House on Old Columbia Street in Adams displaced 14 residents and activated a sprinkler system that caused extensive water damage to the property.

In the meantime, the Louison House's residents had either been relocated or staying in local hotels as the nonprofit's leaders secured a short-term alternative for its services in the Flood House.

But the Flood House has been vacant for years and needs additions to be used as a short-term solution for victims of the Louison House fire. Newly appointed Executive Director Kathy Keeser said the costs of the transition will be beyond what insurance will cover. The requests for donations include gift cards to the Big Y for groceries, a refrigerator, lamps, towels, and area rugs.

It's unknown how long the stay in the Flood House will be, but Keeser is preparing for several months.

"It's going to take while, but I don't know how long," Keeser said.

Anyone in need of assistance or looking to offer help to Louison House should call its new phone number, 413-663-6323. The group's old phone number was not transferred to the new temporary location.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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