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.
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Parkside, Welcome House’s newest program for homeless expectant moms and moms with young children opened on June 1. The three-story apartment is home to four moms with children complete with a treehouse in the front room donated by Erin and Marc Sherman former owners of Mama Bird on Main St. The apartment was completely renovated using private funds with support from area businesses and individuals. Major supporters included: Patricia Saracino, VP Community Relations and Brenda Celani, Branch Manager at BankRI which provided a grant to purchase kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer, Ocean State Job Lot lead sponsor in the Metric Century II, proceeds which helped support the renovation, Nooney Controls Corp Ministry Team whose volunteers painted two rooms in one week-end, countless volunteers who helped in the renovation and to obtain furnishings, and Dianne Lemay, who organized the Keller Williams Red Day initiative which included CleanRite and A Cut Above Lawn Care. Depicted above are volunteers Chris Onechuck, Steve Colby-Cooper, and Chuck Cummiskey reconstructing the treehouse at Parkside. For more info about the program please call 401-782-4770.
We will be mailing letters for our Spring Fund appeal. The money that is received will be used to support our new initiative Parkside, a program for homeless expectant mothers and mothers with young children which just opened June 1st and Primrose Cottage, currently undergoing renovations to be used as a women's shelter.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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