Meet Victor and Naylene

When we first met Victor…

At Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry, we are confronted daily with the reality of the struggle our clients experience. Some stories touch us deeply and affirm what we are able to accomplish as an organization. We met Victor earlier this year while he waited patiently for emergency groceries at Lorraine’s. Soft spoken and kind, Victor approached us about volunteering at the kitchen. He explained that he was out of work, recovering from a major illness, and was inspired to help us and give back because of what we had done for him. Little did we know, Victor’s story would resonate with us for the months to come and he was gracious enough to allow us to share his story with you in this photo essay project.

  • This is Victor and his ten-year-old daughter Naylene. Victor came to the U.S. to build a better life for his family. He was accepted to Boston University and became a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, helping those with addiction.


Sending a donation to Lorraine’s provides stability for our friends and neighbors who are at risk. Furthermore, it will enable us to sustain new programs to help empower our clients to make positive changes for their families. 

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Valley Gives is a 24 hour e-philanthropy event scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to encourage supporters of nonprofits based in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties to log on and contribute via

You can help us when you visit the Valley Gives website on December 10, 2014 between 12 AM and 11:59 PM, make a donation to Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry. Lorraine’s will have a chance to win a portion of $225,000 in cash prizes and exciting bonus matches. With your contributions we can qualify to win a variety of prizes throughout the day!


All online donations for Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry made on December 10th will go directly to support our mission.


Thanks for all that you do. 

-The Lorraine’s Team