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In order to participate, print the voucher on this page and bring it with you to shop at the Barnes & Noble located at 1350 Bald Hill Road in Warwick, Rhode Island at any time on the day of the event. A percentage of your sale will be contributed to Crossroads.
On the day of the event, there will be an Arts & Crafts Special for Kids from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. There will also be a "Polar Express" presentation with hot cocoa and cookies to follow at 7:00PM!
Barnes & Noble is not only the perfect place to pick up a good book for yourself; they also have fun and thoughtful items for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including CDs, DVDs, games, travel mugs, stationery, and much more!
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares will be hosting the 2014 Rhode Island Gift of Hope Celebration to benefit Crossroads Rhode Island at Providence Art Club.
The evening will begin at 6:00 pm and will include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, a cash bar for cocktails, an auction, and an awards presentation in which one of Crossroads' loyal donors will be honored for their commitment to the community.
Individual tickets are $75. Please register in advance and join us for this celebration to benefit all those we serve at Crossroads.
The 2011 Rhode Island Spirit of Home Awards Celebration to benefit Crossroads Rhode Island was held on November 3rd at the Providence Art Club. This special event was hosted by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares, and featured hor d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction and a presentation that honored Crossroads staff member Lesly Joseph. All proceeds from this evening supported the mission of Crossroads Rhode Island.
Thank you to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares and all those who attended this special event to benefit Crossroads Rhode Island.
Namaste Rhode Island, a collaborative of yoga studios, teachers, and students, hosted the Yoga Ball, a first-of-its-kind event which brought the yoga community of Rhode Island together for an evening celebrating life, love and practice. Proceeds from this event benefited the Women’s Shelter at Crossroads Rhode Island.
The evening began with a collective flow practice with Debbie Valois and Bryna René. It was followed by cocktail hour, a silent auction, dinner and a Bollywood-themed ball! This special event took place on November 11, 2011 at the Westin in Providence.
Thank you to Namaste Rhode Island and all those who participated to support this special event!
With funding support and technical assistance, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) has generously aided Crossroads in providing wellness programming for the many clients that come through our doors each day.
Volunteers from all areas of health and wellness provide our clients with information relevant to their experience. These programs are vital to those we serve as we assist them in becoming prepared on their journey towards a better quality of life.
The programs have a wide range of topics that include;
- General Health & Hygiene - Safe Sex & HIV
- Blood Pressure Screening - Derma Screening
- Yoga - Relaxation & Stretching Techniques
- Breast Cancer - Prostate & Male Testicular Cancer
- Domestic Violence - Nutrition
- Diabetes - Glucose & Cholesterol Screening
Many of our clients are eager for the next time they see these volunteers. Learning new techniques and adjusting their lifestyle to be healthier despite the adversity they face each day.
Clients also assist in letting us know topics that they encounter; pridefully letting us know how they have utilized the techniques they have learned courtesy of our health and wellness programming.
Thanks to funding from and the partnership with BCBSRI, our clients can live healthier and better prepared lifestyle as they move forward on their journey.
Twice a week during the summer months, the sounds of music, cheers, and teenagers dribbling basketballs can be heard across Kingstown Crossings as the sun begins to set.
These are the sounds of Bridging the Gap, an organization that runs various programs at Kingstown Crossings, in partnership with the Rhode Island Midnight Basketball League. Both organizations aim to strengthen communities and provide teenagers, typically a vulnerable population, with a positive and affordable social outlet.
Bridging the Gap began working in the community almost two years ago, when founder J. Spence-Straughn approached Jan Hall-Stinson, Director of Housing at Kingstown Crossings, with her idea for offering programs for youth in underserved communities.
“I truly thank Jan for believing in me because I came to her with a dream,” said Spence-Straughn.
Since then, the program grew from an instructional basketball camp to a team, and expanded to include other activities geared to fostering family involvement, health, mentoring, education, and expression.
Many in this community come from challenging backgrounds; playing a team sport regularly helps to foster a sense of community that can be particularly beneficial to teens with complicated family lives. Team sports also teach young athletes about perseverance, responsibility, and respect, while the games themselves give parents a chance to be involved and supportive - which is creates a strong foundation for the teens’ futures.
Consisting of two developments, Kingstown Crossings is a permanent housing complex in North Kingstown owned and operated by Crossroads Rhode Island. The complex provides housing for families, couples, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
Approximately 50 teens participate in the program, including 10 residents of Kingstown Crossings. The remaining 40 players are from other family housing complexes in North Kingstown.
The basketball players range in age from 13-17, while the spectators include their peers, parents, and some younger children holding their own basketballs eagerly anticipating the day that they join the program themselves.
Each game day, Pier Pizza in North Kingstown donates pizza to feed the hungry players in between games, while Allen Pires, also known as DJ Lefty, volunteers his time and talents by providing musical entertainment.
Showing their support for this initiative, the North Kingstown Police Department Union recently donated brand new basketballs to the teens, and even joined them for a game one warm July night.
With one month left in this year’s summer program, some players are looking forward to continuing their basketball career in the fall with their high school teams. Other players consider the league more of a recreational summer hobby.
"It's a lot of fun to get out here and compete with other kids I know," said one player. "There's not always a lot for kids our age to do in the summer, but this has been cool."
Whichever view the players take, their participation, and the participation of the spectators, volunteers, and donors, has strengthened the community of North Kingstown by providing entertainment and a reason to come together for good.
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