2019 BONS Awards / Drink / Coffee Shop

It’s coffee you can truly feel good about; this shop buys coffee exclusively from Rwanda, paying higher than fair-trade prices and investing in sustainable development projects. Read more here!.

2018 BONS Awards / Drink / Coffee Shop

Our social enterprise, Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company, won the BONS (Best of North Shore) Best Coffee Shop in both Editor’s and Reader’s Choice for the second year in a row! Read more here!

Community Rises in Wake of Downtown Lynn Flooding

October 3 , 2017 (published by the Lynn Item)

Eric Ciccone looks at all the merchandise that was ruined just in Bene Hardware & Commercial supply alone when Munroe St. Was hit with a flash flood on Saturday.


LYNN — Out of destruction came something good as business owners and residents on Munroe Street cleaned up the aftermath of flash flooding on Saturday that hit the city particularly hard.

“We’ve got some good neighbors,” said Eric Ciccone, co-owner of Beden Hardware & Commercial supply, which has been at 95 Munroe St. for more than 50 years. “Plasti-graphics on Central Street offered us their warehouse which was very generous. Fernando, who used to own a business down here, came by to help.”

A combination of high tide and flash flooding left parked cars floating on the stretch of road that connects Washington and Market streets and more than 800 property owners without power on Saturday morning. Ground-floor businesses took in varying levels of water, ranging from just a few inches to several feet.

The hardware store is covering the cost of a dumpster to fill with floor tiles, damaged goods, and trash from the store and is sharing it with neighboring Complete Labor and Staffing in exchange for cleanup help from the laborers, Ciccone said. Read Full Article…

Cummings Grant Received

The Haven Project awarded $100,000
Lynn nonprofit receives major Cummings Foundation grant
Lynn, June 10, 2016 – The Haven Project is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The Lynn-based organization was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, during a competitive review process.
The Haven Project is dedicated to serving the growing yet marginalized population of homeless and unaccompanied young adults on the Northshore. It provides much needed support thorough its drop in center located in downtown Lynn, which offers services surrounding issues of employment, education, housing, basic needs, and community support.
Representing the Haven Project, Gini Mazman, Executive Director and Founder joined approximately 300 other guests at a June 9 reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $140 million to local nonprofits alone.
Emily Urbina, the director of the Drop in Center shared, “We are thrilled to be backed by such an amazing foundation. This grant will provide essential funding for our organization over the course of the next 4 years. That kind of support is rare and exponentially effective, because it frees us up that much more to focus on growth, sustainability, and most importantly our clients.”
The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefiting 41 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.
Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings of Winchester, the Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“We admire and very much appreciate the important work that nonprofit organizations like the Haven Project are doing in the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support their efforts.”
This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including education, homelessness prevention, elder services, healthcare, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

Support for Online Learning Lab

See how the community has supported the Haven Project, by helping us offer Hiset (previously named GED) Prep services, ESL Programs and Computers for our Online Leaning Lab.

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