October Editorial

All of us are sensitive to how we are treated by others. We perceive even the smallest voice inflections and the most subtle facial expressions. A sarcastic look or word wounds and angers us.  An impatient tone of voice, a raised eyebrow, a curt response; all are noted. We can wield our words as weapons…

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: I like that you do so many nice stories about people and how good they are doing. How come you never a story about some of the places that help us. I have been helped by House of Hope and you never write things about good places. Why is that? B.B. B.B.  Thank…

FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD

By Ralph Davis Heads up readers; lots of things go on behind the doors of the Mathewson Street Church, more than I ever knew! The church is the base for the 134 Collaborative. A collaborative, I learned, is composed of a group of people, although separate entities, working together to achieve a common goal. Karen…

A VERY DETERMINED WOMAN

By Ralph Davis I introduced myself to Lynda Lawlor, an unfamiliar face, at the Mathewson Street Friendship Breakfast about a month ago. I learned that she had come here from New Jersey to try to stop using drugs; to “Get clean.” My reporter instinct kicked in and she said that she would like to tell…

ANOTHER MEAL TO REMEMBER

By Ralph Davis Characters Café served their monthly meal on September 10th which consisted of a salad with meatloaf or American Chop Suey. Strawberry sundaes were served for dessert. About sixty people attended and were waited on by Executive Director Cathy McGillivray and other staff. The guests enjoyed listening to and participating in Karaoke. It was…

GETTING FOOD TO SOUP KITCHENS AND FOOD BANKS

By William Harter In my earlier years, I used to volunteer for the kitchens and deliver food to the kitchens and food banks. Often, I would take some neighbor children with me to give them a taste of poverty and how food is stored and moved. (Also to help carry the stuff!) I told them…

Roving Reporter

“Where do you go to the bathroom in Providence?”     Tarrah N. “I use the bathroom at City Hall.”     Theodore T. “Whatever restaurant or establishment will allow me to.”     Edward L. “At the transportation center at Kennedy Plaza. ”