In 2010, Adriana began volunteering at Community Teamwork’s family shelters in Lowell, MA, that serve hundreds of homeless families at any one time.
In August 2010, Adriana invited dozens of homeless children, their parents and several staff members of the shelter to a Lowell Spinners baseball game for a fun and positive family outing. She financed tickets to the game, a BBQ dinner for all the shelter’s families and gave each of the children a customized gift bag filled with presents. Adriana and her three young children joined their guests in the stands and bonded with the families and staff during the game. She introduced the director of the shelter and key staff members to U.S. Senator Scott Brown and subsequently arranged a meeting between Brown and Community Teamwork, resulting in further assistance to families in need.
In December 2010, Community Teamwork’s Shelter Director reached out to Adriana with troubling news: the shelters were unable to fund Christmas presents for the families with children.
Refusing to allow any child to wake up Christmas morning without a present, Adriana immediately sprang into action and personally bought dozens of presents for each of the children, as well as scarves, hats, mittens, clothing and other basic necessities that the mothers living in the shelter needed for their children. She was able to customize gifts for the shelter children, ages infant – 18, so they would all receive age appropriate gifts they would love.