Who We Are

Established in 1989, Welcome House of South County (WHSC) is a leading provider of support services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in southern RI. It consists of an emergency shelter, community housing and support services as well as a meal-site serving lunch to the local community. The agency supports 70-75 individuals daily throughout its homeless network.

Song - Faces of Homelessness

Inspired by the guests of Welcome House, the song Faces of Homelessness describes everyday people like you and me in need of more than a bed and a hot meal; a chance at making their lives better. It is about forming positive relationships and reaching out to accept help to change grey skies into rainbows.

Welcome House Video

Spring cleaning at Welcome House

With plenty of mulch and brand new perenials Welcome House couldn't look any better. Thanks to the hard work of our guests, the entire landscape has sprung to life revealing a beautifully transformed property! Vegetables have also just been planted in our garden beds and the land simply looks amazing. Thank you to all those who helped make Welcome House look wonderful!

Attention Landlords:

Attention Landlords: What if you could sign a multiple year lease with a responsible agency that would screen tenant applicants, manage your property at no cost to you and guarantee you rental income the first of every month? Too good to be true? Now you can through the innovative housing program designed and implemented by Welcome House. Joe Dziobek, Executive Director has over 30 years of experience in this field. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Joe directly at (401) 369-0683.

Seventh Annual Harbor Church 5k Event

We hope you will join us for our 7th Annual 5K Fundraiser on October 1st! This is a fun filled community event for the whole family. Live music, food, fire truck, face-painting, bouncy house, prizes.

*All proceeds benefit the Johnnycake Center and the Welcome House.
For more information, email the church office or call (401)789-0523.

Business of the Month

We would like to give a special thanks to Tase-Right Co in Peace Dale who came to our rescue when we really needed help. Thanks to the support of their friendly and accommodating staff, Welcome House was in good hands.

Tase-Right Co. 1211 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield RI 02879
(401) 783-7300

We would like to thank Finishing Touches at 311 Main Street in Wakefield for creating us our beautiful picture frames for our Metric Century memories. They do really exceptional work and has our canvases framed and ready to pick up in no time. Thank you Finishing Touches!

(401) 284-3700

A big thank you to Tony Petrone, Jr. and his staff at International Motor Group in Warwick for their pricing and assistance with the purchase of a 2008 Toyota Sienna in MINT condition. Their service doesn’t end when you leave their dealership. It was the first purchase from this dealership but it won’t be the last.
International Motor Group
(401) 885-5355

In memory of Audrey

We would like to celebrate the life of the late Audrey Bourbonnais, who touched the lives of so many guests here at Welcome House. Audrey would regularly volunteer her time here at Welcome House, known for giving free hair-cuts to those who asked for them. We thank you Audrey, you will be missed.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 1st:
The Harbor Church 7th Annual 5k Run/Walk

October 17th - October 31st:
Welcome House Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

New member of the Welcome House Team

We welcome Lucienne Andrew, new Finance Director for the Welcome House organization. Lucienne received her BS degree in Human Service / Family & Community Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and brings with her over 15 years of experience working in various areas of finance in non-profit. As Finance Director she will be overseeing and providing financial stability and transparency within the organization. Lucienne is looking forward to collaborating with area businesses and organizations to fund raise and implement beneficial programs to assist guests involved within the Welcome House organization. We welcome Lucienne to our team and the expertise that she brings with her.

Recent Funding News

We are pleased to announce that the joint proposal submitted by the WARM Center in Westerly and Welcome House to share a Housing Navigator position has been approved for funding. This position will work with the Executive Director to expand on its network of affordable housing opportunities in the area.

Newest member of the Welcome House Team

Maureen Apperson joined our staff as Clinical Director as of August 1st, 2016. Maureen is a registered nurse and has her Master's Degree in Social Work from RI College. She has a varied background in the health care profession; most recently completing ten years of employment as a nurse at the ACI. Much of her previous nursing practice focused on psychiatric and community health nursing. In her position as Clinical Director she will be working closely with individual staff members to provide the best possible care and support for our guests, taking into consideration their individual needs and life situations. We wholeheartedly welcome Maureen as the newest member of our team.