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Under the supervision of Chef David Rocheleau, the kitchen at Crossroads provides hot meals to our clients five days a week. On average, 110 clients a day are served nutritious, expertly-prepared food in the dining room of our Providence headquarters.
Chef Dave faces the unique challenge of preparing his daily menus while incorporating an often unpredictable supply of donated ingredients. Much of the food served at Crossroads comes from organizations that specialize in making nutritious food available at low or no cost to the poor and homeless, such as the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and Farm Fresh RI.
While these organizations provide a steady stream of fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains, proteins such as poultry or fish are often in short supply.
“Proteins are hard to come by,” says Dave. “We get a lot of carbs and grains that are donated.”
Recognizing this need, Dave has been working with Eating with the Ecosystem, a local organization dedicated to designing and promoting a place-based approach to sustainable seafood in New England.
Eating with the Ecosystem is launching a campaign called Seafood For All, which will bring local seafood to low-income neighborhoods, food pantries, and meal sites in Rhode Island, by encouraging the fishing of species that are abundant locally, but that are not typically in demand.
“Everyone wants cod, everyone wants swordfish,” says Dave. “But there are only so many out there.”
Seafood For All will connect the local fishing industry, seafood processors, and local food pantries. By connecting people in need of proteins with fish that is undervalued, both ends of the spectrum will benefit.
The local fishing industry benefits from fishing the species that are most abundant; food pantries will have a supply of fresh, local fish; and the local environment will benefit from the fishing of species that are seasonally available instead of the species that are most in-demand, and as a result, overfished.
This initiative aims to ensure that all Rhode Islanders have access to healthy, local seafood while helping to alleviate the problems of local overfishing and food insecurity among homeless and low-income individuals and families.
With the opening of 5 new units at the Harold Lewis House and the release of the Aging and Homelessness Report, Crossroads Rhode Island has recently been featured in various news media outlets.
Providence Journal - "Crossroads Rhode Island: Homelessness among people 50 and over has increased sharply "
Providence Business News - "Crossroads sees homelessness rise among older Rhode Islanders"
RINPR - "A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly"
WPRI - "As Non-Profit opens new wing, more elders becoming homeless"
Crossroads Rhode Island is partnering with Capital Good Fund, a social change organization whose mission is to provide equitable financial services that create pathways out of poverty. Together, we will provide small loans and financial coaching to Crossroads clients who need financial assistance to help them meet a variety of needs.
Over the next year, 20 small loans each of $1,000 or less will be distributed to Crossroads clients. These donor-provided funds will allow borrowers to meet their financial goals responsibly, and ultimately provide a pathway out of poverty.
Please donate now to this innovative partnership. Donations will be used to fund the loans, and insure that there is funding available when eligible clients need to borrow money to meet a pressing need.
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.
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.
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