Established in 1989, Welcome House of South County (WHSC) is a leading provider of support services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in southern RI. It consists of an emergency shelter, community housing and support services as well as a meal-site serving lunch to the local community. The agency supports 70-75 individuals daily throughout its homeless network.
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.
October 9th - October 31st:
Welcome House Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser at Peace Dale Congregational Church
October 19, 9:15 am:
Panel and Presentation on Homelessness at Prout High School
October 19, 7:00 pm:
Honoring of Eagle Scout Jacob Wathen at St. Thomas More
October 25, 6:15 pm:
Career panel for Health Studies Majors at URI Pharmacy School
October 26, 10:00 am:
Ecumenical meeting to address poverty at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard
November 7, 7:00 pm:
Homeless discussion with parish youth at St. Francis of Assisi
November 9, 6:00 pm:
Welcome House mentoring program at Masons Organization on Columbia St.
November 1 –
Winter Shelter Program begins. Contact Welcome House for more details.
December 1 -
Health & Wellness program begins.
Our pumpkins have arrived! The Welcome House of South County is now selling pumpkins to raise funds for its homeless shelter and housing programs. The Pumpkin Patch will be in front of the Peace Dale Congregational Church, located at 261 Columbia Street in Wakefield, RI. A special thank you to the URI fraternity Phi Mu Delta and South Kingstown High School volunteers who helped us unload the 1,307 pumpkins last Sunday. The patch will be open everyday from 11am until dusk.
Can one person change the world? Can three? Maybe not, but they can make a world of difference to
someone who is homeless. Recently, three young girls ages 7-10 from Kingston, with compassion and
maturity beyond their years, stopped by to give Welcome House a contribution of $201.77. They raised
the funds by selling their artwork to people passing by their art displays. What an incredible gift from
three young girls who wanted to help someone have what they have, a place to call home. A special
thanks also for their parents’ support in this endeavor and for instilling in them the importance of caring
for others who need our help. I was truly inspired by their generosity.
Joe Dziobek, Executive Director
Attention Landlords: What if you could sign a multiple year lease with a responsible agency that would screen tenant applicants, manage your property at no cost to you and guarantee you rental income the first of every month? Too good to be true? Now you can through the innovative housing program designed and implemented by Welcome House. Joe Dziobek, Executive Director has over 30 years of experience in this field. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Joe directly at (401) 369-0683.
Welcome House is seeking volunteers who might be willing to provide transportation for homeless residents to get to and from medical appointments, the drug store to pick up prescriptions, housing appointments, etc. A valid driver’s license and car registration is required. If you are available, particularly during daytime hours, please call 401-782-4770.
On October 16th, I had the pleasure of attending a church service held at the Harbor Church in Kingston. Pastor Keith Mlyniec presided over
the baptism of a new member and gave a wonderful homily about being a good Samaritan. He also presented me with a check for $2,500, the proceeds from the recent
5K Run/Walk fundraiser sponsored by the Church. We are most appreciative of the generosity of Pastor Keith and the Harbor Church congregation for sponsoring this event on behalf of Welcome House and that of the Jonnycake Center.
-Joseph Dziobek, Executive Director
We are pleased to announce that the joint proposal submitted by the WARM Center in Westerly and
Welcome House to share a Housing Navigator position has been approved for funding. This position will
work with the Executive Director to expand on its network of affordable housing opportunities in the
Newport, R.I. (September 23, 2016) –
Hundreds of personal care items were generously donated by the community during the BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency (OPIA) “Kind Heart, Fresh Start” collection drive.
Toiletries, including bars of soap, deodorant, travel size shampoo, tooth brushes and toothpaste, were collected at all Bank and OPIA locations over a two-week period, August 1 through August 15. The goal of the collection drive was to help restock the inventory of hygiene products at five local shelters, a show of support for their mission to serve those most in need.
At the conclusion of the collection drive, BankNewport representatives transported all toiletry donations to the five shelters that serve Bristol County, Newport County and West Bay communities: Good Neighbors (Turner Avenue, Riverside), Harrington Hall (Howard Avenue, Cranston), Lucy’s Hearth (West Main Road, Middletown), McKinney Cooperative Shelter (Meeting Street, Newport), and Welcome House of South County (North Road, Peace Dale).
Photo: Welcome House (left to right):
BankNewport Vice President/Narragansett Branch Manager, Ryan Galitskie; Welcome House Executive Director, Joseph Dziobek, Welcome House Finance Director, Lucienne Andrew; Welcome House Clinical Director, Maureen Apperson; BankNewport Vice President/Business Development Officer, Nina Luchka; Welcome House Director of Housing, Allison Martinez; and Welcome House IT/Web Manager, Brian Meehan.
On Saturday, September 25, with the sun shining and the temperatures just right for outdoor activities, three students from Prout, Tara Gazder, Liam Carey and Jack Dowd, along with Michelle Barbera, set about cleaning out the 3rd floor storage area so that it could be utilized for program space. The students spent several hours along with members of their families to organize holiday decorations and store cots, mattresses, bedding, and warm winter apparel that will be utilized in the upcoming night to night shelter program. When asked why they would give up their Saturday morning to help out with the project they replied that it was a way to give back to the community and be productive while helping out others who need our help. What were their impressions? Surprised at how clean and homey it was. Others who helped out too were: Allison, Matthew, and Abby Cabrera, and Julia and Stepanie Dowd. On behalf of our guests and staff, thank you for doing an extraordinary job!
First of all, a big, hearty thank you from all of us here at Welcome House to all of you in the surrounding communities who have been so faithful about donating food, clothing, furniture, and sundries for the people who look to our facility for help. Nothing good would happen for any of them without all of you and it is much appreciated. Below is a link to a few things that we can use right now and a list of things we can always use. If you feel led to donate, you might find it useful.
Click to view the Welcome House wish list
The guests of Welcome House wish to thank the staff, supporters and directors for all the kindness, time, and effort that go into making the Welcome House such an outstanding facility, We truly appreciate it. We are especially grateful for the refridgerator in the dining room. It was much needed. May you all be blessed for your thoughtfulness. Sincerely, From All of Us