Established in 1989, Welcome House of South County (WHSC) is the leading provider of support services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in southern RI. It consists of the following four components: 1) a 17 bed emergency shelter; 2) a soup kitchen; 3) the Office of Housing & Community Services encompassing both transitional and permanent housing; and 4) the Peace Dale Winter Shelter operating from November 1 – March 31.
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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.
By Carla Aveledo Staff Writer (RI Independent)
Homelessness is hidden in South County, said Margarite Kloss, director of permanent housing at Welcome House of South County in Peace Dale. “Homeless people are very disguised,” Kloss said. “You might see people in Wakefield walking around with backpacks on. Look for adults where it might seem inappropriate that they have a backpack on – they’re probably homeless.”
Welcome House staff said research indicates approximately 10 percent of people in Washington County live at or below the poverty level. When hard times hit, they may become homeless. In 2015, the shelter admitted 107 guests, the term for the shelter’s residents. Of them, 60 percent reported they had a mental illness. The highest percentage of guests were white men age 31 to 50.
In interviews last week, guests agreed – the shelter at 8 North Road has given them a chance to restart their lives.
Welcome House of South County is a Homeless Shelter for residents serious about recovery. Currently, the Executive Director, Joseph Dziobek is seeking five volunteers to participate
in a mentoring service to benefit the residents.
This program will provide training workshops and strong support. It will be flexible for volunteers. Volunteers can participate at Welcome House located at 8 North Street in Wakefield or communicate with individual residents on their cell phones.
Additional details will depend on volunteer response. Anyone interested may contact Executive Director Joseph Dziobek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-792-1110. You can also inquire about volunteering by sending us an email directly through our website here, or by clicking on Contact Us from our menu.
By Jenna Pelletier (Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When people donate to Providence's Amos House, they tend to focus on the basics: Food, clothing, money to support housing programs. The need for personal-care items such as soap, deodorant and feminine hygiene products is often overlooked, said the social service agency's special events and communications coordinator, Rachel Colaiace. Such items are not covered by food stamps, now known as SNAP benefits, either. Liz Duggan is working to fill that unmet need through her nonprofit group, Amenity Aid. She and her small network of volunteers collect donations of new, unopened personal-care items and deliver them to 10 agencies throughout the state, primarily shelters such as Crossroads Rhode Island, House of Hope and Lucy's Hearth.
Please check back soon for more information about upcomming events.
Saturday, May 21 - Welcome House Metric Century cycling event fundraiser. The Metric Century route will wind it’s way down to Westerly and back to Peacedale where riders will find a pasta dinner waiting. The event is to help raise money for Welcome House so we can continue to meet the demand for our services in the community.
On Sunday, March 10th at the 9 & 11am Peace Dale Congregational Church service in Peace Dale Executive Joseph Dziobek, accompanied by Welcome House staff Paula Whitford shared their support for the members of the PDCC who volunteered their time through November 1st to March 31st helping Welcome House staff set up cots and bedding each night.
On Saturday, March 19, five guests of Welcome House joined by members of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Kingston, voluntarily peeled and diced 100 lbs. of potatoes to be grilled the following morning as home fries to be served at the community breakfast sponsored by the Methodist Church in Providence. Mary Hansen-Joyce, Pastor of the Good Shepherd told the volunteers that the Church does this service once each month to support the work of the inner city Methodist congregation.
Sunday, April 3 – Executive Director, Joseph Dziobek will be attending the 9:00 am Peace Dale Congregational Church service to speak about some of the exciting new changes occurring at Welcome House as part of the Church’s mission month.
Friday, April 8 (6-9 pm) – Party Down Old North Road – An evening of food and live entertainment sponsored by the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. Proceeds to benefit Welcome House and other worthy causes.
Saturday, April 9 – Roberta Richman, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Welcome House will be exhibiting her art work as a featured artist at the Hera Gallery located at 10 High St. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 to celebrate the production of her work titled: Nostalgia for Landscape Lost.
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 (10-12) – Welcome House Open House – The Board of Directors of Welcome House invites the public to visit the homeless shelter for a brief tour and an opportunity to meet board members, staff, and guests.
I was recently able to sit down with Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Michael Fry of Anchor Recovery Community Center. Michael is one of many recovery coaches at Anchor Recovery who specializes in mobile-outreach with a main focus on those in crisis. He is able to connect those in need with available resources such as vouchers for the clothing collaborative, treatment options, recovery houses and recovery counseling. As a CPRS, Michael compliments the existing array of support services and can serve as a role-model, mentor, advocate and a motivator. Michael realizes there are many different paths to recovery, and can be a bridge between those in need and the services which can help. He is now making himself available to the guests here at Welcome House on Thursdays and always stays in contact with his caseload throughout the week.
Anchor Recovery Community Center
249 Main St
Anchor Recovery Community Center II
890 Centerville Rd
By Christine Dunn (Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Housing is stepping up efforts to help Section 8 voucher recipients find housing. The agency already helps to fund a website, homelocatorri.net, that can link people to affordable homes, but other efforts are also in motion, Executive Director Barbara Fields told the agency's board of commissioners on Thursday. The board approved the hiring of an assistant director in the Leased Housing and Rental Services Division to help with a number of initiatives, including the creation of a centralized wait-list for affordable housing.
Welcome House is proud to announce that we have recently hired certified Peer Support Specialist Jim Silva to our Welcome House staff. Jim is from Cranston RI and has a Bachelors in social work (BSW) and is also a certified medication advocate. He will help with our outreach advocacy & recovery for the homeless or at-risk of homelessness population in South County.