Welcome House is very fortunate to be nestled in Peace Dale, RI. We have a very kind, generous, and supportive community. Without our volunteers we would not be able to deliver all of the services we provide on a daily basis. Here are some projects over the last year that wouldn't have been made possible without our community members!
With plenty of mulch and brand new perenials Welcome House couldn't look any better. Thanks to the hard work of our guests, the entire landscape has sprung to life revealing a beautifully transformed property! Vegetables have also just been planted in our garden beds and the land simply looks amazing. Thank you to all those who helped make Welcome House look wonderful!
A big thank you to Tony Petrone, Jr. and his staff at International Motor Group in Warwick for their pricing and assistance with the purchase of a 2008 Toyota Sienna in MINT condition. Their service doesn’t end when you leave their dealership. It was the first purchase from this dealership but it won’t be the last.
International Motor Group
We would like to thank Finishing Touches at 311 Main Street in Wakefield for creating us our beautiful picture frames for our Metric Century memories. They do really exceptional
work and has our canvases framed and ready to pick up in no time. Thank you Finishing Touches!
We would like to give a special thanks to Tase-Rite Co in Peace Dale who came to our rescue when we really needed help. Thanks to the support of their friendly and accommodating staff, Welcome House was in good hands.
Tase-Rite Co. 1211 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield RI 02879
It's spring cleaning time at Welcome House! One of our guests has been working hard to renovate our garage to make room for some of our other projects. The foundation has been reinforced and new walls have been put up, making a previously unused building into a great space for storage.
*Photo taken by Kate Brewster
On May 5th, Welcome House was presented with a $1,000 dollar check from Harvey Whitfield of the Wakefield Rotary Club. Accepted by Executive Director Joe Dziobek, the check supported the purchase of a new washing machine and improvements to the laundry area at Welcome House. We are very grateful for their contribution.
The Donadio family donated a book or journal to all 13 children in the Supportive Housing Program on behalf of 13 teachers from Narragansett Elementary School.
A big thanks to Generation Church for their amazing generosity this Holiday season!! A special thanks to the youth group for getting involved with our families and individuals in need. We are so thankful to have community members like these!
Project Undercover has been GSSNE's (Girl Scouts of Southeast New England) annual council service project for years. Each year in the fall, these troops all work together to place Project Undercover donation boxes around South County in an effort to collect underwear, socks, and diapers for the local children who live in poverty or encounter emergency situations. Troops place their boxes at churches, schools, libraries, local businesses, karate and dance studios, etc. At the end of the collection period, the items are sorted and made ready for distribution to South County's social service agencies including Welcome House, Johnnycake Center, Narragansett Housing Authority, Thundermist Health Center, South County Community Action, and The Domestic Violence Resource Center. In the beginning of December, the girls all pitch in and help deliver the items so they can make their way to families in need just in time for the holidays.
For more information about Project Undercover, you can visit www.projectundercover.org
On Tuesday, December 1st six enthusiastic young students arrived at Welcome House from the Exeter Job Corp Culinary Academy carrying a very large beautiful Ginger Bread House. Kellyjinne Sparrow, coordinator of Community events introduced this amazing class of students as:
Ian and Patrick Ward (brothers)
They worked as a team to make the houses for community agencies. This class made seven, quite an accomplishment! The Academy attracts students from all over the World to study their advanced culinary program. It credentials students for work in two years. Thank you, Exeter Job Corp Academy for gracing us with your gift and lifting our spirits with your presence. Be sure to come again!
One of our guests has been helping to renovate 14 Green Street in Peace Dale, an apartment in the supportive housing program of Welcome House of South County. The apartment is being cleaned, renovated and painted for a new family to move in. Repairs are being made to the kitchen, the stairs are being re-done and a fresh coat of paint in each room will make this apartment a great place to live. Thank you!
A word of thanks to Diana Cordeiro, VP Corporate Accounting for the Corvias Group and several of her co-workers who volunteered their time on November 14 to provide guests of Welcome House with a full course Thanksgiving feast, paint the dining room, make electrical repairs and help rake leaves. By the end of the day, the dining room was bright and inviting, the yard looked great and there were smiles on everyone’s faces as the turkey dinner was served. As one guest who was staying in our winter shelter observed: “I am really going to enjoy this meal. I have not been treated to something this good in a long, long time”.
Every year Exeter Job Corp. makes ginger bread house displays for the Shelter for the holidays. The students are extremely talented, and we look forward to it every year!
Jacob Wathen, Eagle Scout candidate with Troop #1 Narragansett, chose to replace shrubbery at Welcome House of South County as his Eagle Scout project. Under his direction the group dug up the old root system from previous plantings and replaced them with six rhododendron and spread mulch to create a nicely landscaped look.
Collin Green chose Welcome House as the recipient and location for his Eagle Scout Project. He created a beautiful patio space for guests at our Shelter. Thanks Collin!
There is nothing like good ol' fashion comedy relief! Over the past year, Carol Pegg and Pot Pie Productions have brought loads of laughs and fun to Welcome House. They host weekly improv workshops for guests and teach us all that we have an inner actor in each and every one of us.
In 2014, Dennis Moffitt Painting donated their time and resources to paint our Emergency Shelter. It was marked the rebirth of Welcome House, and it wouldn't have been made possible without Mike and his crew!
Big Thank you to Corvias Group for providing us with the manpower and materials to landscape our property!