Healing Begins Here

“There’s no way out. I felt alone. Afraid”

For Maria, her sexual abuse felt like being locked in a dark room. There was no open door. After suffering physically and emotionally scarring abuse—often at the hands of someone they know—survivors become involved with scary systems. They often must undergo invasive examinations, court appearances and a sense of shame and guilt after being abused and victimized. With your help, it doesn’t have to be this way. CHH’s vision is that not one child, young person or adult in our community would be left alone without support. For more than 46 years, The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc (CHH) has been the organization serving Greater Lowell with trauma services, counseling and advocacy for children, adults and families who have been impacted by sexual violence and working with at risk populations to prevent sexual violence. Although CHH has served Lowell and surrounding communities in the Merrimack Valley for nearly half a century, we have never had a permanent physical home. UNTIL NOW.

Together, we can open the door and help survivors begin the healing process.

Healing Begins with Hope. Knowing you are not alone and that there is help available is life changing. Your support enables CHH to be there, provide hope and free supportive services to survivors and families. Our community support has emboldened us to set an ambitious goal: having the resources within the next two years:  to double the number of survivors that we serve in our new office.

Why Now?

During the recent times of disparities exposed by the covid-19 pandemic, the demand for CHH services and expertise has grown exponentially. Every month, over 15O cases of child sexual abuse alone are reported in the City of Lowell. We will now be located on the street level in downtown Lowell with other service providers and non-profit organizations. We want no one to feel ashamed about getting help. CHH will be a place where all child, youth and adult survivors of sexual violence can access confidential individual counseling, groups and wellness activities in a safe, welcoming, culturally inclusive and nonjudgmental manner.

We envision ourselves a Healing Center —a place where all members of the community can participate in wellness activities and learn about various topics such as wellness, equity and inclusion.

Finally, our new home will be a hub of inclusivity —an open and inclusive space where everyone in the community feels welcome, including people who identify as BIPOC, refugee/immigrant, and LGBQ/T. It will be a welcoming space for people of all ages and genders to participate in be part of a community.

Build Hope with Us!  Make a pledge to support The Healing Center today!

We seek courageous champions to join the commitment to end stigma and create a home for hope, healing and community in Lowell. The Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers of The Center for Hope and Healing invite you to join us.  

We need to raise $1,000,000 to transform a former bank on Hurd Street in Downtown Lowell into our new fully furnished state of the art facility.  

Thanks to our Board of Directors and a generous Leadership Circle, we are nearly half way there!  Your investment will inspire others to join this movement! 

Give now or make a multi year pledge. Every donation matters. 

Equity and Belonging

For ten years, CHH has intentionally journeyed towards becoming a more equitable and inclusive multicultural organization. We represent our community. We effectively address sexual violence—especially for those who most often go unserved. We have listen, amplify and address the costs of sexual violence in historically under-served communities which have not had access to adequate resources and opportunities for healing. ell. The integrity of our work is built on a capacity to serve all survivors AND advance racial equity and social justice in the services we provide. Because we believe providing adequate services across race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. is our responsibility, we have committed to understanding the impact of oppressions that shape the lives of those we serve and how we serve them. In our new home, we are creating a space where everyone feels like they BELONG!  There is no place like this in the Merrimack Valley!