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.
May 13th @ 9AM -
Metric Century II Cycling Event (sign-up now)
Peace Dale Elementary School [109 Kersey Rd, Wakefield]
Thanks to everyone for making our 5/13 Metric Century ride a successfull event. With a few opening words from Welcome House board member Sam Slade and the presentation of a $2,500 check from our lead sponsor Ocean State Job Lot, our century riders set out for the ride. The skies were dark and cloudy but the rain held off for us and not a single rider got caught in the rain. Special thanks to NBX Bikes for being a supporter of our event again this year, all of our sponsors and especially the cyclists making this event a success. Thank you again for all your support and we hope to see you all again next year!
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.
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.
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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“It is never too late, to do something great!” words spoken by Alex DeLaCruz, a supply officer with the
Navy stationed in Newport, one of eleven supply officers who volunteer every Thursday evening to
serve the homeless dinner at Welcome House. Working efficiently and in unison in the kitchen you can’t
help but want to be around them, they exude such a positive demeanor. What motivates these young,
extraordinary personalities to be of service to others? How did their life experiences shape their
outlook on life? Xiaoxiao Chen from China has produced two documentaries focused on children and
the elderly in China who are being negatively impacted by the changing culture there. I could sense a
real passion in her to be a voice for them and for those who struggle to make ends meet. Crystal from
the small town of Willow Springs, MO wanted to see the world but at the same time do something
purposeful with her life. Ben originally from Vietnam, grateful for the opportunities afforded him in this
country wants to give back. Mike from New Jersey who had hoped to become a police officer now finds
a new career in the Navy perhaps one with a broader reach and greater impact than he could ever have
had as a police officer.
There was so much talk during the presidential campaign of “let’s make America great again!”. I think Ben summed it up best for me with his statement that the greatness of a country starts with a small community of people being of service to one another. I would add and people with the vision, character, and willingness such as this amazing group of young officers who have already figured that out.
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 in desperate need of up to 4 twin beds for donation or a discounted rate. This is for families moving into our transitional housing program. If you have something we can use, please contact Lucienne Andrew, at 401-782-4770 x102. Thank you for your support!
The Welcome House Shelter is always in need of the following items if you would like to donate:
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