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Be sure to visit the Alex and Ani on Wednesday April 10, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Enjoy Lite Bites and Energy Punch as you shop in Alex and Ani's East Greenwich location at 232 Main St. East Greenwich, RI. 15% of all sales will go directly to the Women's Shelter and other programs for women at Crossroads Rhode Island.
To RSVP please e-mail Pat Campellone
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!
In January of 2014, she began working with a Case Manager. Over the course of several months and with the persistent and compassionate effort of our staff, Mirabelle was able to trust the Crossroads team to help her find housing.
When an opening in one of Crossroads' housing units became available, Mirabelle was ready to end her homelessness and move in. With the support of our generous funders, we were able to stock Mirabelle's apartment with basic furniture and supplies for cooking and cleaning.
Mirabelle moved into her apartment last week, and with the stability of her own roof over her head she will now start to work on obtaining an income source. Without our services, the dedication of our staff, and the support of our donors, she would not have had this opportunity to rebuild her life at the age of 60.
On September 15, 2017, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI (BCBSRI) employees gathered at 11 non-profit organizations and community groups across the state for their annual Blue Across RI day of service.
More than 40 volunteers joined us here at Crossroads, where they gave the rooms in our Women’s Shelter a fresh coat of paint. Their efforts made our shelter a more comfortable place for the women who stay with us while they work with our staff to find safe and permanent housing.
“It’s a feeling that you’re giving back and you’re helping, and it’s actually hands-on,” said one BCBSRI employee.
Our Women’s Shelter offers accessible, semi-private accommodations for up to 41 women, with a safe space to store their belongings, a common room, showers, and access to our professionally trained staff and a range of programs and services.
Some volunteers also helped out in our kitchen preparing dinner for our clients, while others cleaned up and organized our donation storage areas.
We are thankful for the valuable help that the BCBSRI volunteers provided and proud to be a part of this annual event, one of the largest corporate days of service in Rhode Island.
Today, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian announced plans to re-open the former Rhode Island Family Shelter located on Beach Avenue in Warwick.
Through a mutual and amicable agreement between the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Family Shelter and Crossroads Rhode Island, Crossroads will begin operating the shelter for homeless families on Friday, September 4th. Crossroads will also provide services and support to the families living in the supportive housing units at that same location.
A collaborative effort by the Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development, Rhode Island Housing, the City of Warwick and other local community partners and donors will provide funding to operate the shelter and housing program.
“I am very happy to know that this partnership will preserve all of the shelter bed space that was offered in the City of Warwick, and I am happy to see the relationship that has developed between Crossroads and the Rhode Island Family Shelter,” said Mayor Scott Avedisian. “It’s great to see a positive resolution to this issue, and I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been involved in the process for coming together to ensure that some of the most vulnerable citizens of Warwick and Rhode Island will continue to have a safe and nurturing place to stay.”
“Crossroads is honored to have been asked by the Board of the Rhode Island Family Shelter and the Mayor of Warwick to step in to re-open this valuable community resource for families who are
homeless,” said Karen Santilli, President of Crossroads Rhode Island. “This is a particularly difficult time of year for families with schools opening as well as the coming holidays and winter. While Crossroads’ goal is to secure stable homes for these families, the need is outpacing the resources available for affordable housing, and emergency shelter is necessary. We are committed to working with these families to get them housed as quickly as possible.”
The shelter offers space for up to ten families at a time. While in emergency shelter, these families will receive case management and supports from Crossroads to move into housing as quickly as possible. The seven families in the permanent supportive housing program will also continue to receive supportive services from Crossroads. With overwhelming need for shelter capacity for Rhode Island’s homeless families, this collaboration will provide families safe and secure temporary housing and will keep families together as they seek permanent solutions to their homelessness.
“The Rhode Island Family Shelter Board of Directors is excited about the reopening of the shelter as our goal was always to keep with our original mission of helping families in need. We appreciate Crossroads’ collaboration and experience during this transition time and look forward to our on-going relationship,” said Christina Johnk, Board Chair, Rhode Island Family Shelter.
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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During the past 30 days, the number of homeless families seeking assistance at Crossroads has risen dramatically. Cicely Dove, the Family Center Director, says “We have 17 families now, but rooms for only 15. One family of 5 is staying in the living room and another family is using the literacy program computer and study room. Yesterday 3 new families arrived and we had to find other shelters for them. Two more families had to go to a motel outside Providence.”
Crossroads’ intake information shows that most of the families were staying with other family members or friends before coming to Crossroads. They are part of a growing “doubled up” population that is especially vulnerable to becoming homeless. The landlord may force the extra tenants to leave or threaten to evict the lease holder. An event like Tropical Storm Irene and loss of power can cause tensions to rise and make the overcrowded situations intolerable.
Children who are homeless struggle to keep up in school. At the Family Center, case advocates work closely with school personnel to find resources to ensure that children have transportation so they can continue to attend the same schools they were enrolled in before becoming homeless. “It is very hard for children to do their homework when the Center is crowded and noisy,” Cicely says. “We have a homework area and computers, but right now a family is in that room. We are trying to keep our Family Literacy Program going in spite of the overcrowding so that the kids can get help with homework and enjoy our reading and story times.” Most children are dealing with the trauma of being homeless as well, which makes it even more difficult for them to focus on their schoolwork. It is no wonder that children experiencing homelessness are often a couple of grades behind their peers.
Nationally, the number of doubled-up families is growing. Many parents are desperately looking for jobs, and others are trying to apply for public benefits because their unemployment insurance has ended. Unfortunately, public funding for safety net services is shrinking everywhere, and Rhode Island is no exception. Unless the job market improves, these families may be struggling for a long time.
The Family Center provides three meals a day and after-school snacks, which means that the food bill is going up every day. “Meal times can be hectic, but the families all pitch in with cooking, serving and cleaning up. We make sure families get healthy meals and that nobody goes hungry,” says Cicely.
Families at the Center work closely with case advocates in order to transition quickly to housing stability. Crossroads’ Rapid Re-Housing program has been very successful in helping families find and sustain decent, safe and affordable housing. Parents also have access to Crossroads’ Education and Employment Services, which offer adult education, GED, employment readiness and job training programs to help adults succeed in the workforce.
We do everything possible to help families stay positive during their stays at the shelter, but we know that homelessness is really difficult for all of them, especially the children. Thanks to generous donors and foundations that focus on the well-being of children, we can provide our young guests with essentials, such as back packs and school supplies and enrich their lives with family literacy activities, field trips and holiday celebrations. Still, life in a shelter is no substitute for a real home, and our goal is to help families move to housing stability as quickly as possible.
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