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.
Saturday, September 30th:
8th Annual Harbor Church 5k (register)
With help from our Habitat for Humanity volunteers and Dave Taylor of TMC, renovations for our new Women's shelter are now underway. As you can see from the above photo, the roof is being re-shingled and the inside rooms are being prepped for a fresh new look. Stay tuned for more photos!
Wednesday's August 2nd ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of Parkside, Welcome House's new transitional housing program for women and children. The three-story apartment was completely renovated using private funds with support from area businesses and individuals and is complete with a children's Treehouse in the front room. After opening words by Welcome House Chair Helen Drew, Allison Martinez cuts the ribbon for a walk-through tour and ceremony. The dedication was well attended, with representatives Patricia Saracino, VP Community Relations and Brenda Celani, Branch Manager at BankRI who provided a grant to purchase kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer for the program. Ocean State Job Lot lead sponsor in the Metric Century II proceeds helped support the renovation along with countless volunteers including Nooney Controls Corp Ministry Team whose volunteers painted two rooms in one week-end. Thank you again volunteers Chris Onechuck, Steve Colby-Cooper, and Chuck Cummiskey for reconstructing the treehouse at Parkside, which was donated by Erin and Marc Sherman former owners of Mama Bird on Main St. Thank you also to Dianne Lemay, who organized the Keller Williams Red Day initiative which included CleanRite and A Cut Above Lawn Care and everyone involved helping to make this newest program a reality. For more info about the Parkside program please call 401-782-4770.
Friday, July 7, despite a torrential down-pour, four students, led by Kati Maginel, Farm Coordinator with the Compass School, a Charter School in Kingston, along with Welcome House staff and guests helped to expand the Welcome House gardens which provide fresh produce for the community kitchen during the summer months. Planting the herbs, lettuces, squash, beans, and greens were ZuZu Crane, Narragansett HS, Rose Bell, URI, Miranda Forman, East Bay Met School, Jesse Fitzelle-Jones, the Compass School, and Veronica Sweet and Joe Dziobek from Welcome House. The Compass School mission is towards environmental sustainability and social justice -- the farmers look forward to continuing to partner with Welcome house to support the kitchen and local foods community. We thank everyone for their contribution in helping Welcome House become more naturally self-sufficient.
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!