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 housing as well as case management and advocacy for neighbors in need.


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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.


James Kern, J.D.

Executive Director
Email: jkern@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 6

Jane Potter

Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant
Email: jpotter@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org
Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 4

Christina Taylor, CPRS, CHW

Housing Coordinator, Case Manager

Email: christina@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org

Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 2

Evan Douglas

Employment Navigator, Case Manager

Email: evan@welcomehouseofsouthcounty.org

Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 2

Sophie Merz

Emergency Shelter Program Intern

Salve Regina University

Phone: (401) 782-4770 ext. 1

Board of Directors

Helen Drew, Chair

Retired - RI Department of Health

Robert Monnes, Treasurer

AmWINS Group Inc.


Ian Knowles, Secretary


Diane Lemay

Keller Williams Realty


Leslie Pierini

Edward Jones Investments

Peter Pezzelli

Woonsocket Health & Rehab Centre


Matthew Roman

Thundermist Health Center

Walter Young

Retired - National Education Association