While the snow has yet to fall, the month of December is finally upon us. With temperatures dropping it is important, no more than ever, to help our less fortunate neighbors in South County. Many individuals living in our community will be left with out proper heating, food and even warm clothes. Make your donation to the Welcome house today to help these members of our community make it through these cold times. We accept drop off donations at out 8 North Road address in Wakefield, RI. Currently we are in need of warm winter clothing, non-perishable food donations and warm blankets. Cash donations can be made online by clicking the “Donate Here” button on our main page. We appreciate any and all donations. Give back this holiday season and help someone less fortunate through tough times.
This October was a huge success for the Welcome House; a special thanks goes out to all of those who bought a pumpkin for a purpose! Out of the 16,000 that were dropped off at the Congregational Church, all of the pumpkins have now found a proper home. The Fall season is crucial for the success of our organization going forward. However now November is upon us, we will gradually transition into the crisp coldness of Winter. The Winter months are a busy time for shelters in general. With snow in our near future the rooms in our buildings will be in high demand. With all of the guests we are expecting this Winter, our demand for food and supplies will be larger than ever. Warm blankets and Winter clothing are some of the highest items on our wish list currently. For further details on how to contribute to the Welcome House see the rest of our website specifically, our “Get Involved” page.
First of all, a big, hearty thank you from all of us here at Welcome House to all of you in the surrounding communities who have been so faithful about donating food, clothing, furniture, and sundries for the distressed people who look to our facility for help. Nothing good would happen for any of them without all of you and it is much appreciated. Below are a few things that we can use right now and a list of things we can always use. If you feel led to donate, you might find it useful.
We always need:
- Prepared entrees for twenty people
- Any kind of fish, fowl, or meat for twenty servings
- Milk, margarine or butter
- Fresh fruit and veggies
- Canned and dry goods of any kind
- Flour, baking soda, corn starch, salt
- Paper towels, napkins, and plates
- Laundry soap/fabric softener/bleach
- Cleaning solutions — any kind
- Small dust mop
- Small(1or2gal.) plastic bucket with wringer and small mop
- Wall mounted coat hooks (2 four hook and 3 three hook)
- Six or eight inch doilies(cream or sage colored)
- Small dresser scarves
- 4 salt and pepper sets
- An apartment size refrigerator for the guest dining area
In addition to the emergency shelter, Welcome House owns 5 properties of supportive housing. This includes 7 supported permanent housing units for families, 6 support permanent housing units for individuals, and 2 units of transitional housing for individuals “graduating” out of the shelter program. Welcome House currently houses a total of 43 persons within our housing units.
Our main building, located at 8 North Road, is a 17 bed emergency shelter for single adult males and females. Along with providing housing, the shelter also provides a soup kitchen for residents. The soup kitchen provides 3 meals a day to guests of the emergency shelter, and opens for the community to come in for lunch Monday through Friday from 12-1 PM.
Welcome House of South County has a transitional housing program designated for individuals who complete the emergency shelter program. The program is a one year program.
The main goal of the transitional housing program is to provide supportive services in order for a client to obtain permenant housing and self-sufficiency.
We have two transitional housing units for individual males and females. The units are shared coed living. Each person pays a reduced fee for rent based on their income and and is required to meet with a case manager weekly. These meetings help us to assist each person with their personal goals and give us the opportunity to assess each person on an individual basis.
Your help is greatly appreciated!
Please drop off gift cards to the shelter located at: 8 North Road, Peace Dale, with “Attention: Justin Pires” (case manager).