A Safe Refuge for Change

By Ralph Davis “You’re in charge of your recovery… Just drop in and hang out a while,” is a motto of the Serenity Center in Woonsocket, RI. According to Christa Thomas-Sowers, Community Liaison for the Community Care Alliance, “There is really no place in the city for people to go where they can come as…

The CES Debacle

Following HOPE By Peder Schaefer Peder is a Sophomore at Brown University. We first heard the stories from people on the streets. Rumors were flying around. A new system had been implemented nationwide for emergency shelters. Instead of getting a bed night-of, clients now had to fill out an application for a spot and then wait…

Homeless Memorial Service

By Ralph Davis A memorial service to commemorate the lives of 41 homeless individuals that died in 2019 was held at the Beneficent Church on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. More than 50 individuals attended the solemn service. The service began with opening remarks by Reverend Elizabeth Chandler Felts and was followed by a prayer of…

The RI Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Committee

By Megan Smith The Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a working group of people with lived experience, lawyers, outreach workers, academics, and other advocates who work to decriminalize homelessness and poverty through direct action, policy advocacy, community organizing, and public education. The group aims to generate and implement solutions to ensure…

H-PACT Trailer 37

By Ralph Davis One out of four homeless men has served our country in the military. Kevin Price suggested that the initial thrust of this article should be on the effectiveness of the H-PACT (Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team) program and the data are quite impressive. As a result of the program, there is a…

New Beginnings Meal Site

By Ralph Davis The New Beginnings Meal Site is operated by Chef Jeanne Michon and about fifteen volunteers. Located at All Saints Church in Woonsocket, the site serves lunch to 65-130 individuals a day. On the day of my visit, the scrumptious menu included steak, au gratin potatoes with homemade gravy, fresh carrots, bread, and…

Love and Compassion Center

By Ralph Davis Finally, there is somewhere else to go to escape the elements and spend time in a warm and friendly atmosphere: the newly opened Love and Compassion Center in Pawtucket. They serve breakfast and lunch six days per week. The Center had opened only a few weeks prior to my visit, and there…

Rhode to Health Medical Mobile Van

Rhode to Health Medical Mobile Van provides free medical services, crisis stabilization, substance abuse screening, referral and Suboxone inductions, tobacco cessation. Rhode to Health Medical Mobile Van is parked in South Providence on Mondays and Thursdays, Woonsocket/Pawtucket on Tuesdays. Services provided are: Crisis Stabilization and Assessment General Medical care Rapid HIV Testing Rapid Hepatitis C…

March Creative Works

There Once was a Man with Schizophrenia By Charlie Fellowman There once was a man with schizophrenia Who said if you look within ya Recovery you’ll find A good part of the time And then you’ll be glad to have been ya     Awake In My Sunshine By Stephen C. Evans A vision of…

A VIEW FROM THE STREETS

By WILL Rhode Island should be called the hoop state. This is not because of any basketball teams. It because of all the hoops folks have to go through in order to get anything accomplished. Try to get into a treatment center; just try to get a bed when you are suffering from addiction. See…