“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”
– Winston Churchill
According to Rhode Island Kids Count, a poverty-level family of three living in Washington County needs 71 percent of their annual income to pay for rent. Unable to afford housing, increasing numbers of people have been forced to live in cars, in local fields or at campgrounds year round. Behavioral health and substance abuse are common realities that exacerbate the issue. Increasingly, our neighbors need to rely on community resources to help them through these tough times.
The Welcome House of South County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end homelessness in Washington County since 1989. We offer emergency shelter, a soup kitchen, transitional and supportive permanent housing, as well as, case management and advocacy for neighbors in need.
Our main facility is a 3-story, historic rooming house that is “home” to 17 homeless individuals (men and women), and 4 formerly homeless individuals. It is much like a bed and breakfast (with lunch and dinner too). Our shelter guests are offered free breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Lunch is open to the public, and is served Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 12 pm – 1 pm. Meals are prepared by volunteers and staff in our commercial kitchen. We offer a safe, drug-free environment coupled with supportive services aimed at stabilization and permanent housing.