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More than 350 women attended the Women Helping Women event on March 31. Our photo gallery below shows our incredible community of strong women reaching out to help other women.
Crossroads Rhode Island released "A Report on Women and Homelessness" today during an afternoon tea at the State House. The event was hosted by Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and Representative Elaine A. Coderre, Speaker Pro Tempore.
Anne Nolan, President of Crossroads Rhode Island, reported that, "we are seeing the pace of homelessness for women growing at an alarming rate: in a ten year period, the total number of unaccompanied men rose by 5% while the total number of unaccompanied women rose by 65%."
Crossroads hopes to raise awareness around the issue of the growing number of women who are homeless and the lack of information and services available to help them. The event was a kick-off for the month-long "Women Helping Women" campaign.
Providence, RI, July 1, 2016
The Board of Directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state’s largest provider of services to the homeless, today announced a merger with the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, an organization serving victims of domestic violence. After a formal three-year affiliation, the two organizations have merged into one 501(c)3 organization governed by the Crossroads Board of Directors, and all Women’s Center programs and services have moved into Crossroads’ continuum of care as the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads Rhode Island.
The Board of Directors of both organizations unanimously agreed to the merger. “This merger represents the coming together of two organizations united in the common goal of empowering vulnerable individuals and families to overcome homelessness and live safe, self-sufficient lives free of violence,” noted Virginia Branch, Women’s Center of Rhode Island Board Chair and Crossroads Rhode Island board member.
By combining the resources of both organizations, this new entity is better positioned to meet the needs of the community.
“By merging, we will improve the quality and accessibility of services to survivors of domestic violence and expand the range of services that support clients as they transition to safety, housing and stability,” noted Jack McConnell, Crossroads Rhode Island Board Chair. “The merger not only enhances and expands the scope of services of both nonprofits, but also provides a larger operating platform,” he added.
From a sample of women who had experienced domestic violence, 38% became homeless after they separated from their abusive partner. An additional 25% indicated that they had to leave their homes during the year following the separation for both safety and financial reasons.
“By bringing an innovative Housing First approach to our Domestic Violence Program, we hope to break the cycle of violence by providing opportunities for supportive, safe housing options for women and children as they transition from shelter,” noted Karen Santilli, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “We will continue to offer comprehensive, evidence-based programs and services to individuals and families in crisis, such as 24/7 hotline, domestic violence safe shelter, case management, employment support and supportive transitional and permanent housing that survivors want and need to become independent.”
A Domestic Violence Committee of the Board will ensure that evidence-based domestic violence programs and services will continue and expand to meet the needs of clients who have experienced the trauma of domestic violence.
Additionally, Crossroads has applied for affiliate membership with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence.
“The Women’s Center was one of the founding member agencies of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1979, and they have been an integral component of the domestic violence movement in our state. We are looking forward to working with Crossroads Rhode Island, and to helping them maintain critical services for victims of domestic violence in the Providence area,” noted Deborah DeBare, Executive Director of the RICADV.
Crossroads Rhode Island recently produced a video, There But For The Grace, as a companion piece to A Report on Women and Homelessness (PDF, 2.25MB).
This video underscores both the need for, and the impact of, The Crossroads Women’s Shelter.
Watch now or donate to the shelter today.
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