Our Mission

Welcome House of South County is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end homelessness in Washington County since 1987. We offer emergency shelter, a soup kitchen, transitional and supportive permanent housing as well as case management and advocacy for neighbors in need.


Our Programs

Our main facility is a 3-story, historic rooming house that is home to 17 formerly homeless men and women. Our shelter guests are offered free breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Lunch is open to the public and is served Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m. Meals are prepared by volunteers and staff in our commercial kitchen. We offer a safe, sober environment coupled with supportive services aimed at stabilization and permanent housing. A typical stay at Welcome House is 30-90 days, with extended outreach services always available beyond. 

Our efforts are made possible by volunteer support, individual gifts, foundation grants, government assistance, corporate donations, fundraising events and community resource partnerships.


Roberta Richman, Interim Executive Director
Email: rrichman@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770

James Kern, Director of Administration
Email: jkern@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 104

Jane Potter, Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant
Email: jpotter@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 102

Justin Pires, Shelter Program Coordinator & Case Manager
Email: jpires@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 106

Christopher Harrigan, House Manager
Email: charrigan@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 108

Veronica Sweet, Receptionist
Email: vsweet@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 103

Board of Directors

Kate Brewster, Vice Chair

Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale


Emily Cummiskey, Chair

Community College of RI


Helen Drew 

Retired - RI Department of Health


Ian Knowles, Secretary



Diane Lemay

Keller Williams Realty


Robert Monnes, Treasurer

AmWINS Group Inc.

Leslie Pierini

Edward Jones Investments

Peter Pezzelli

Woonsocket Health & Rehab Centre


Matthew Roman

Thundermist Health Center


Roberta Richman

Retired - RI Department of Corrections


Walter Young

Retired - National Education Association


Welcome House relies on and gratefully accepts financial contributions (Tax ID/EIN: 05-0433047).


No gift is too small. Mail to or visit:

Welcome House of South County
8 North Road
Peace Dale, RI 02879 


Gifts can also be made online through PayPal.
Click here to make a donation.


We appreciate your support!


Tel: (401) 782-4770

Fax: (401) 782-1648


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8 North Road

Peace Dale, RI 02879