Welcome House of South County originated as South County Emergency Shelter in 1986, a consortium of night-to-night shelters in church basements throughout Washington County. In 1987 it was incorporated as a 501-c-3 non-profit.
In 1989 the current Emergency Shelter - located a 8 North Road in Peace Dale, RI - was purchased and rehabilitated; Welcome House then began taking its first overnight guests.
Welcome House of South County is a leading provider of homeless services in southern RI. It consists of four distinct but integrated services:
Joseph Dziobek, Executive Director
Phone: 401-782-4770 x101
Frank Centolella, House Manager
Allison Martinez, Director of Transitional Housing and Community Services
Phone: 401-782-4770 x104
The Board of Directors consists of the following members, their expertise and residency:
Helen Drew, Chair
Healthcare, Affordable Housing
Samuel Slade, Vice-Chair
Leah Babat, Secretary
Public Safety, Government Relations
Behavioral Healthcare, Non-Profits
Non-Profit Management, Fundraising