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Philanthropy

In a time when Government budgets are shrinking and competition in our industry is fierce, its nice to know that there is still a place in business for caring and compassion and that people in need are more important than the bottom line. Below you will find stories about our community giving and organizations we are involved with.

Of the many contracts awarded us by the U.S. Navy, Project No. 203 is certainly one that stands out. The Brunswick BEQ Demolition project was awarded to LUMUS this past winter. The scope of work for this project was to remediate the lead and asbestos in five three story concrete and block barracks buildings and to raze the structures completely.

Each building was furnished with very useable dormitory style furniture that the Navy did not have a need for. It was left up to our discretion as to how to dispose of the furnishings. The easiest solution was to simply raze the buildings with all furnishing still in place. We also could have removed all furnishings and sold them for profit. Instead Lumus donated the furniture to over 30 homeless shelters, children’s camps and other non-profit organizations. Sumul Shah, President of Lumus Construction, decided that it was time to share some of our good fortune with those less fortunate.

In addition to his business, Sumul has concerns for those in society that are less fortunate than others. With his personal time, he often volunteers at local homeless shelters in the Boston area. For many years, he has been the primary chef for Thanksgiving Breakfast or Dinner at smaller homeless shelters through the Pine Street Inn. He is also directly involved with Project Place which is a community that promotes opportunities for homeless and low-income individuals by providing skills, education and resources to obtain stable employment and housing. Project Place is currently building a new six story mixed-use building that will house 14 affordable efficiency apartments, a 1700 square foot restaurant on the ground floor, a dining commons for community use and three floors of office and program space.