By Willa Truelove and David Eisenberger
An agency fair of providers that help elderly, disabled, and homeless people was held December 13 at the Elmwood Community Center. The providers were all located in the same place to offer assistance to clients needing assistance in health care, housing, and social security. Some of the agencies that help this population are:
♦ State of Rhode Island Executive Offices of Health and Human Services provides information, community support services, food and shelter services, services for finding benefit programs, and assistive technology services.
Website:www.eohhs.ri.gov or www.AskRhody.org Continue reading ‘Fair Rounds Up Services for Elderly, Disabled’
By JoAnn Dyes
The rotating shelter system is designed to open when the beds at all existing shelters in Providence and the cafeteria at Crossroads RI that is used as an overflow are full.
The rotating shelter system isn’t slated to open until January. The roundtop center at Beneficent Church opened in mid -December to meet the need for night time shelter in cold weather. Continue reading ‘Rotating Shelter System Gears up for Cold Weather’
En este mes iluminamos a Pedro Rodriguez, miembro de la Asociacion de Inquilinos y Duenos de bancos, para nuestra historia de éxito. La entrevista fue conducida por Rosalina Collazo.
P: ¿Como usted se involucró con la asociación de inquilinos?
R: Yo me involucre por que Tom, de Housing Action (Acción de Vivienda) y Rosalina de Rhode Island Coalition for The Homeless (La Coalición de Personas sin Viviendas) tocaron a mi puerta para informarme de que mi casa estaba (foreclosure) clausurada y me invitaron a una reunión de inquilinos. Yo sabia ya por que había recibido un volante de aviso para la reunión. En esa noche formamos la Asociación de Inquilinos y Dueños de Bancos. Continue reading ‘Inquilino contribuye con su trabajo a grupo que lucha por las casas clausuradas’
The Homeless Legal Clinic (HLC) at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless was established in the spring of 1990 to serve the legal needs of homeless people in Rhode Island.
The HLC relies on volunteers to provide legal services to the homeless at no charge. The objective of the HLC is to serve in an outreach capacity by seeking out homeless and at-risk clients at Rhode Island shelters. Continue reading ‘Clinic Gives Legal Advice to Homeless People’
By David Eisenberger
On three bitterly cold weekends in January and February, Mathewson Street Church opened its doors as an impromptu daytime shelter.
On Martin Luther King weekend and the next two weekends, as the weather turned dangerously cold and snowy, homeless people in Providence were left with few places to go during the day to stay warm. Aida Fernandez, pastor of Mathewson Street Church, members of the Homeless People’s Action Committee, and additional volunteers took it upon themselves to open up the church as a day shelter. Continue reading ‘Impromptu Shelter is Refuge from the Cold’
Thirty-two years ago, Sister Eileen Murphy, a Catholic nun, started a soup kitchen in South Providence to provide dinner to 30 homeless men. She named it Amos House after the Old Testament prophet who promoted the rights of the poor.
Today, Amos House serves free breakfast and lunch to as many as 800 people nearly every day at its dining hall at 415 Friendship Street.
But the agency is much more than the largest soup kitchen in the state. Continue reading ‘Amos House Helps People Help Themselves’
By Mary Rogers
Homeless since: April 2008.
Background: [Owl is between 18 and 25 years old.] I was a Navy brat born in Iceland. My family moved around a lot. I got arrested when I was traveling through Rhode Island. I did nine months at the ACI. I was released from prison into homelessness. When I tried to have my probation transferred to a place where I could live, they denied my transfer. Continue reading ‘One of Us: A Man Known as Owl’
Sister Joan Rekicki is an outreach worker at McAuley House, a house of hospitality in Providence’s South Side. Sister Joan has been involved in McAuley House since its inception in 1975, first as a volunteer and then as an outreach worker. For this month’s Rainbow Award we present an acrostic poem by Marilyn Love, who nominated Sister Joan. Love calls Sister Joan her “Mother.” Continue reading ‘A Sister Who Is Also a Mother’
A documentary film that describes a deep flaw in Rhode Island’s justice system is being screened throughout the state in an effort to exert pressure on lawmakers to take action this year on a bill to reform the law.
The documentary, titled “Stronger Than Their Walls – Guilty Though Proven Innocent,” deals with Rhode Island state laws that allow people on probation to be imprisoned for crimes for which they have been found innocent or for which the charges have been dropped. This documentary follows the story of four men who were presumed guilty and never given a fair chance to demonstrate their innocence. Continue reading ‘“Stronger Than Their Walls: Guilty Though Proven Innocent”’
By Elizabeth Ochs
Interview with Yajaira Mercedes of Again and Again Thrift Shop, a supporter of the Rhode Island Food Bank. Again and Again is located at 50 Wickendon Street, Providence. Phone number is 497-4499.
Q: Please describe your thrift store and why you opened it.
A: I opened it because there is a need and I couldn’t find anywhere else with inexpensive clothing. The reason behind the thrift store is to give back to the community. I am donating all of the profits to the Rhode Island Food Bank. A lot of Spanish people are in need and when I started thinking of organizations, the Food Bank was the first one that came to my mind. I also once needed food and and the first place I could count on was the RI Food Bank. Continue reading ‘Thrift Store Feeds Food Bank, Again and Again’
By Sam Kang
Despite lots of rain and wind, almost 75 people showed up at the Smith Street offices of Sojourner House in December to learn about a new effort to stop domestic violence among teens. Speakers described teen violence and how this new website may help stop it.
The organization has created a website that includes a virtual reality game designed to teach teens how to keep their mind focused on the important things in life, said Karen Allen, executive director of Sojourner House,. Teenagers can go online to chat with other members in the community about how to keep their relationships healthy. Sojourner House is also trying to get more than 2,000 teens ages 12 to 14 who are still attending middle school to learn how to prevent domestic violence and deal with this problem. Teen violence often happens inside schools, on the streets, and even at home. Continue reading ‘Sojourner Offers Website for Teens’
By Rosalina Collazo
R.I. Coalition for the Homeless
Pedro Rodriguez, a member of the Rhode Island Bank Tenant and Homeowners Association, brings enthusiasm to the group. He encourages everyone to stand together and give support to one another to strengthen the association as a whole. He wants everyone to stay strong and accomplish their goals to be able to stay home and be respected as human beings. Continue reading ‘Tenant Gives His Work to Group Fighting Foreclosure’
By Pamala Therrien
“Bail out for people, not for banks” was one of the many cries heard at the Providence Says No to Eviction rally held at 804 Potter’s Avenue on December 10. Between 45 to 50 Providence residents attended the rally. Many had experienced foreclosures firsthand and they attended the rally to lend their voices to the cry for justice in the face of increased foreclosures and evictions.
The rally was organized by the RI Bank Tenant & Homeowner Association. Participating groups included Direct Action for Rights and Equality, HOPE, RI Jobs with Justice, Ocean State Action, Olneyville Neighborhood Association, Providence Students for a Democratic Society, and the RI Coalition for the Homeless. Continue reading ‘People Rally to Protest Foreclosures, Seek Aid’