Archive for the 'Humanitarian Award' Category

Mary House

Buddy Quinn and Janice Luongo

By David Eisenberger

If you ever went to the St. Patrick’s meal site on a Monday you’ve met an old friend, Janice Luongo. She gives words of love, encouragement and hope. Why? She’s a survivor from way back.

She was on the street, an addict who didn’t want to be helped or think she could be saved. Back in 1969, the Sisters of Mercy began their outreach, which started knocking on doors then taking people in. Janice was one of those people. Six months after starting their outreach, Sister Fran Conway opened a soup kitchen and food pantry called Mary House, named after Mary McLaughlin, a longtime member of the parish who passed in 1975.  First there were only Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, then it expanded to a weekly meal. Sadly in 2003 Sister Fran died, but her legacy continues. The meal site on Mondays has continued for over 30 years and Janice Luongo grew up to become the Executive Director of Mary House. Continue reading ‘Mary House’

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Striving to Make a Difference

By Stan Kapelewski

Congratulations to the Providence Rescue Mission for receiving this month’s Humanitarian Award for their outstanding service to the homeless community.

For over a year now, five nights a week, the Mission has been feeding and ministering to the men who stay at Harrington Hall. This is an emergency facility that is operated by the State of Rhode Island on the John O. Pastore grounds in Cranston.

They undertook this additional ministry because it came to their attention that due to the state’s financial hardship these men needed help. So to not only bless the men, but also our state, the Mission decided to step to the plate and make a real difference! Continue reading ‘Striving to Make a Difference’

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Humanitarian Award: Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

By Melissa Howard

This month’s Humanitarian Award goes to the Rhode Island Coalition for The Homeless (R.I.C.H.).

Their mission statement reads as follows… “The Rhode Island Coalition is organized to promote and preserve the dignity, comprehensive, and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness”.

They succeed in their mission by changing lives, and helping others. They help by advocacy, education, and collaboration.

R.I.C.H. was founded in 1988. They have numerous groups that better help constituents with advising others, or help make decisions that affect the homeless. This organization helps people find their voices so that they can communicate better the issues of being homeless, and find solutions to end it. There’s always someone there to help guide you back on the right path.

Street Sights wants to give thanks to the entire staff at R.I.C.H. for all that they do for the community.

Thank You, and Congratulations.

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Humanitarian Award: RIHAP

By Melissa Howard

This month’s Humanitarian Award goes to RI Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHap). Based out of Providence and starting in 2009, RIHap was started with the beliefs that homeless individuals should take an active role in policy making among the shelters and other facilities throughout the state.

They believe that no one knows homelessness better than someone who has or is experiencing homelessness.

They’re mostly known for their peer-to-peer advocacy, as they walk the streets at night to find people who may be sleeping outside on a cold night. They find a way to get this person the help they need or a bed to sleep in for the night.

They have taken an active role in keeping NOP in the budget and helping with the passing of the hate crimes law.

They have weekly meetings on Fridays at 10am at the Matthewson Street Church.

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And You Shall Know the Truth

By David Eisenberger

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Providence is a multi-faceted place of worship.  Because of the energy of Pastor Paul Lawrence, you’ll find things going on each and every day.

Pastor Lawrence came to Rhode Island from India and got his Doctorate of Divinity in 2007. He and his wife Janet have been affiliated with Mt. Pleasant Baptist since November of 2004. Continue reading ‘And You Shall Know the Truth’

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Humanitarian Award: The Happy Basket Program

Melissa Howard

Street Sights presents a Humanitarian Award to The Happy Basket Program located at the Cumberland Senior Center, the monastery, at 1464 Diamond Hill Road. The Happy Basket Program serves Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to people in need. People receive a letter for the Happy Basket through welfare, churches, and school. Some can walk in and ask for a basket, they just need to have an I.D. and live in Cumberland. The Happy Basket Program served approximately 650 Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets this year. Continue reading ‘Humanitarian Award: The Happy Basket Program’

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Grace Church and its Pastor Serve Kindness by the Cup

By David Eisenberger and Jenny DiTomasso

Congratulations to Pastor Bob Brooks, Carolina Boyle, Judy McGill, Andrew Wright, and Jeff Meyers at Grace Church for winning this month’s Humanitarian Award. These people help provide a coffee hour and various other functions to homeless and less-fortunate people.

The volunteers serve free coffee from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. In the winter, coffee is served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the church also provides needed warmth on days when the weather is inclement. Continue reading ‘Grace Church and its Pastor Serve Kindness by the Cup’

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Corps of Workers Rekindle Meal Program at St. John’s

By Stan Kapelewski and Adrienne Langlois

This month Street Sights is giving awards to all the volunteers and staff members responsible for restarting and maintaining the St. John’s City Meal Site on North Main Street, Providence.

Since its revival last October, the meal site has been operated by an army of fresh volunteers who joined the earlier volunteers, working side by side, devoting a lot of time and hard work. Continue reading ‘Corps of Workers Rekindle Meal Program at St. John’s’

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Help Is At Hand for Mental Health Needs

By Stan Kapelewski

This month’s Humanitarian Award goes to the Mental Health Consumer Advocates of Rhode Island (MHCA)/Oasis, located at 1280 North Main Street in Providence.

MHCA/Oasis is a statewide organization that has been helping its clients since 1985. Its members know from experience that people who suffer from mental illness have much to offer in ways of time, talent, and enthusiasm. Continue reading ‘Help Is At Hand for Mental Health Needs’

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AIDS Care Group Grows Fast, As Need Grows

By David Eisenberger and Jenny DiTomasso

The recipient of the Humanitarian Award for February is AIDS Care Ocean State (ACOS). The organization opened about 20 years ago with four units of safe, supervised housing, and has expanded to 90 units, according to Stephen Hartley, development director of ACOS.

There are many functions in this diverse organization, which is located at 18 Parkis Avenue in Providence. Continue reading ‘AIDS Care Group Grows Fast, As Need Grows’

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Amos House Helps People Help Themselves

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’

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Jericho Motivates and Guides Personal Growth

By Eugene Gomes and Jenny DiTomasso

Jericho Place, a ministry of the Artic Mission is located at 1227 Main St. in West Warwick, spanning the entire lower level. It is the veritable HEART of the creative program for humanitarian cultivation.

It has two major motivating attributes. The first is a points and rewards system, used to initiate and stimulate positive progressive steps for helpful and productive character development, while meeting the current physical needs of clients. The second part is a business oriented long term, 10-year goal referred to as a “BHAG” (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal), introduced from Charles Nault’s philosophy as executive director of the Artic Mission. Continue reading ‘Jericho Motivates and Guides Personal Growth’

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Improving Life for People in Need

By Stan Kapelewski

Street Sights is proud to give this month’s Humanitarian Award to Capital City Community Centers at 110 Ruggles Street in Providence.

For 25 years, the Case Management Program of Capital City Community Center (known as Cap Cities) has helped Providence’s low-income residents meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and other necessities. Continue reading ‘Improving Life for People in Need’

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Church Members Serve People’s Bodies and Souls

By Stan Kapelewski

We are proud to present this Month’s Humanitarian Award to the Praise Tabernacle Church at 251 Magnolia Street in Cranston, and all of their volunteers. Every Saturday from 6:30 am to 8:30 a.m., volunteers go to Crossroads and Kennedy Plaza to feed the needy. After the meal they walk around and take prayer requests from everyone, and also have little prayer sessions to those that want it. They also offer transportation to their church for Mass on Sunday for the 2:30 p.m. service. Continue reading ‘Church Members Serve People’s Bodies and Souls’

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