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Crossroads dedicates entrance to the memory of beloved advocate and friend.

Earlier this year Crossroads completed a renovation of the entrance to our building at 160 Broad St. in Providence.  This renovation has provided us with the necessary upgrades to create a safe, respectful and effective environment for our clients.   

The re-configuration of the main entry has increased the size of the waiting and seating areas, improved security by allowing front-desk staff to see all parts of the Community Room and waiting areas from the reception desk. A redesign of the intake space and housing services desk areas adjacent to the reception area has provided greater security for clients and staff, has allowed controlled access to the housing tower, and ensures maximum privacy for homeless clients during intake.

The renovations were made possible because of a grant from The Champlin Foundations On July 26, 2012 the lobby was re-dedicated to the memory of a beloved advocate and friend of Crossroads Rhode Island, H. Peter Olsen Esq.  Members of Peter’s family, former colleagues and representatives from The Champlin Foundations attended the touching ceremony.  Peter also served as a Trustee of The Champlin Foundations. 

The Crossroads Rhode Island community suffered a tremendous loss at Peter’s passing at the end of October 2011.  Peter, who served on Crossroads Board of Directors for many years, was not only an asset as a Board Member but also as a volunteer.  Spending time with our clients in Education and Employment Services, Peter dedicated many hours assisting men and women in learning to read, write and perform math skills. He earned their trust and friendship; he helped them move forward in their educational journey.  His family generously asked that people honor his memory by making donations to Crossroads Rhode Island. 

Carlos, a Crossroads client and former student of Peter’s, wrote a speech and read it at the dedication.  An excerpt from Carlos’s speech poignantly read;

“Peter was a special man.  Whoever had the opportunity to work with him knew how much he cared for his family and the world around him.  I will miss Peter, but cherish his memory”

A plaque is mounted right by the front desk in Peter’s honor. It serves as a reminder to everyone what it means to dedicate oneself to their community. If you’d like to make a lasting gift in Peter’s memory, please contact Christine Luke in the Development Office at Crossroads Rhode Island. 




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