About Welcome House
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:
1) A 17 bed homeless shelter located at 8 North Rd.
- 2) A meal site serving lunch to the local community also located at 8 North Rd.
- 3) The Administrative Office at 22 North Rd.
- 4) The Peace Dale Winter Shelter located at 261 Columbia St. operated in conjunction with the Peace Dale Congregational Church from November 1 to March 31 each year.
The agency supports 70-75 individuals daily throughout its homeless network. It has a close working relationship with the Education Exchange and the JonnyCake Center which also serve the homeless population in Peace Dale as well as the surrounding community.