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.
November 1 –
Winter Shelter Program begins. Contact Welcome House for more details.
December 1 -
Health & Wellness program begins.
May 13th -
Metric Century II Cycling Event (sign-up now)
We are happy to announce that both the Jonnycake Center and Welcome House received the 2017 Non-Profit All Star Award from the Southern RI Chamber of Commerce. This award is a great acknowledgement and recognition of the impact that we are having in our business community. Congratulations to both the Jonnycake Center and Welcome House of South County.
Thank you to our community for an amazing turn-out last Friday night for our Welcome House original production entitled: “Faces of Homelessness” at the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield. The performance sold out and then some, with people waiting by the entrance for a chance to get a seat. Special thanks goes out to all the cast, Christopher Nee who directed the play, and especially the CTC for making this all possible. We would also like to thank our sponsors:
Chris Tanner, ReMax Flagship, Narragansett
Bob Hartman, Back to Basics Natural Foods, East Greenwich
Green Line Apothecary Pharmacy, Wakefield
Savings Institute Bank and Trust, Wakefield
Susan and Pierre LaPierre, Exeter
Nonney Controls, Corp, North Kingstown
Kate Lema, Wakefield
Joe and Linda Dziobek, East Matunuck
Listen to the song from our original production for the Faces of Homelessness play, entitled 'If they could see me now'. Song Written by Joe Dziobek, Executive Director of Welcome House.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — This Friday, Welcome House of South County will present its first ever theatrical production, Faces of Homelessness, featuring stories of those who have sought help through the social services organization.
The one-act production, written by Joseph Dziobek, executive director of Welcome House, tells the Welcome House story through the experiences of five characters.
“I based it loosely on five individuals who spent some time at Welcome House,” Dziobek explained. “It’s a little bit of their histories—their stories.”
Dziobek wrote the play—his first ever—with assistance from Peter Pezzelli, a novelist from Narragansett and member of the Welcome House board of directors. Featuring several original songs also written by Dziobek, the production features five acts and runs for close to an hour.
By Matthew Enright Staff Writer Feb 20, 2017
Welcome House of South County Executive Director Joe Dziobek is passionate about his work and the play he helped to write, “Faces of Homelessness,” which gives a glimpse into the lives of five people who have come through the shelter.
Dziobek, who wrote the play with board member Peter Pezzelli, said the work is based on interviews with the “guests” of the shelter. It is divided into a five-part framework – meeting the guests, a focus on Welcome House, and the stages of progress, relapse and redemption.
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We have recently renovated one of our Welcome House transitional housing apartment units with newly finished floors and a fresh coat of paint. The floors came out beautifuly and the apartment looks great, just in time for new tenants.
Come take a tranquil 100 km bicycle ride through scenic South County May 13th 2017! Starting at the Welcome House in Peace Dale, the Metric Century II route will wind it's way down to Westerly and back to Peace Dale where riders will find a pasta dinner waiting.
When we received a call about a family that was very close to becoming homeless the Welcome House Team quickly jumped into action. Quickly renovating one of our apartment units in a matter of a few days. Adding a fresh coat of paint by Two Brothers, Inc and some minor repairs with help from all of our staff here at Welcome House, the unit quickly transformed into a brand new home for a mother and her two children. She was so suprised and overwhelmed by the improvements, and overjoyed to have a home in time for the holidays.
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
The Welcome House Shelter is always in need of the following items if you would like to donate: