from the chairman
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am proud to share the 2016 Annual Report for Crossroads Rhode Island with you."
from the president
"It is an honor to present you with Crossroads Rhode Island’s 2016 Annual Report."
Although we provide a range of services including emergency shelter, adult education, street outreach, and basic needs assistance, our primary focus is always on helping the people we serve secure stable housing – particularly those who have been homeless for a long time and have the most acute needs. Just as no two clients are the same, no two journeys from homeless to home are the same. These are stories from just two of the thousands of people that we helped in 2016.
Every year brings a new set of challenges and opportunities for Crossroads! We strive to use each experience to become better at what we do: helping people get housed.
- We took over the management of Harrington Hall in Cranston, the largest shelter for single men in the state, and were able to help many people secure housing in just the first few months – including some who had been homeless for over a decade.
- We completed our merger with the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, now called the Domestic Violence Program of Crossroads. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women, and this new program will allow us to address the unique needs of survivors.
- We released our sixth annual monograph, “Special Report on Homeless Youth” in conjunction with the opening of Whitmarsh House, a supportive housing property with units reserved for people in the vulnerable 18-24 age range.
- We partnered with Amos House and The Providence Center to expand our Street Outreach program and put additional focus on reaching people experiencing homelessness in the Downtown Providence and Kennedy Plaza areas.
- Our staff attended and presented at national conferences on ending homelessness in New York City and Washington, D.C. This allowed our staff to meet with and learn from peers from across the country, and further established Crossroads and Rhode Island as national leaders in ending homelessness.
"Every day I see faces of people - some new, some familiar, some very young, some very old - seemingly struggling with basic day-to-day survival. I've spent time working with our staff on the streets and in shelter. The work they do every day, day after day, amazes me. I honestly don't know where they get their motivation and strength."
– Karen Santilli, Crossroads President & CEO
- We helped 21% more people secure or maintain housing in 2016 than the previous year.
- 91 domestic violence survivors were housed from the start of the Domestic Violence Program in July through the end of the year.
- 158 single adults, 58 couples, and 108 families with children were moved from homelessness to housing.
- We provided safe emergency shelter for 2,076 people.
- Harrington Hall alone sheltered more than 500 clients from the time Crossroads took over management in July through the end of the year.
education and employment
- 120 previously unemployed adults re-entered the workforce.
- 106 adults completed job training programs.
- Students participated in 2,890 internship hours.
- 445 adults were served across all EES programs.
- Contacted 66 people living on the street throughout the year, plus an additional 105 in the first 5 weeks of our expanded Street Outreach program in late 2016.
- Moved 17 people from the street directly into housing.
Every year our fundraising events are attended by people who want to make a difference for those experiencing homelessness in our community. Some are longtime donors, and some are lending their support for the first time, but all have one thing in common – they allow us to continue the work we do by helping us raise money and awareness.
- Women Helping Women is our biggest event of the year, held in the spring and attended by hundreds of Rhode Island’s most influential and inspiring women to raise funds for our Women’s Shelter and other programs that help women at Crossroads.
- #GivingTuesday is a national initiative that takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to give back to their communities. This was the first year that Crossroads was an official participant in the national movement.
- Men and Women on a Mission, formerly Men on a Mission, brings together community leaders and influencers in the summer for a fun night of networking, raffle prizes, and craft food and drink.
- Awards Luncheon to Support the Domestic Violence Program honors individuals and leaders in our community whose work has an impact on ending domestic violence during October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
You can donate online now or call us at (401) 277-4372 to learn about other ways of giving. You may also mail a check to: Attn: Development Office, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02903.
For a current list of our in-kind needs and contact information, please visit the In-Kind Donations page on our website.
Help Crossroads in the future by planning your gift now. Types of gifts include a bequest, life insurance, real estate, and more. To speak with someone about these options, please call (401) 277-4327.
Crossroads has a variety of volunteer and group project opportunities including hosting a donation drive, assembling personal care kits, and more. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more.
Download the complete 2016 Annual Report, featuring Crossroad's 2016 Donors, Financials, and Board of Directors.2016 Annual Report