Courtesy of iBerkshires
By Jack Guerino
ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire Department raised and donated $900 to the Louison House.
The Fire Department held a spaghetti dinner at Bounti-Fare to raise money for the nonprofit family shelter that suffered water and fire damage at its Adams building several months ago.
"The Louison House is a great organization that helps so many homeless people find shelter," firefighter Cory Adelt said. "We believe in their mission and hope the money we raised will get them back open in Adams."
Currently, the Louison House (Family Life Support Center) is operating out of its new North Adams location until repairs can be made.
Louison House Executive Director Kathy Keeser said the donation was a surprise and she thanked the Fire Department and the community for their continued support.
"It was wonderful kind of a surprise really ... they did it on their own initiative to help us out. It's pretty amazing," Keeser said. "They have been so supportive along the way and were our neighbors while we were in Adams. It's just great the amount of community support we have received since the fire."
Keeser said the funds will most likely go toward needs at their North Adams location.
Adelt said the Adams Alerts often tries to help those in need and provide a service to the community beyond fighting fires.
"We believe in our community, and we always respond and help our neighbors during their time of need," he said. "The Alerts proudly support many organizations in our community. Our department and community are very tight-knit ... and we will go above and beyond to help our community."
Adelt thanked all those who attended the fundraiser and for their continued support.
He also invited residents to their open house Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1-4 p.m.