Hattie B. Cooper Community Center
The Hattie B. Cooper Community Center is located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. It opened in 1916 and will be celebrating 100 years next year. The center was started by two Methodist women; Mrs Edith Scott a social worker and Hattie B. Cooper the first Chairperson of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist-Episcopal Church. These women were hoping to make a safe place for the neighborhood children to play, learn and socialize.
The community center provides underserved children and their families with vital educational services that facilitate growth, development, and creative groundwork for their future success. It is one of the 99 NATIONAL MISSION SITES of the United Methodist Church. It is also accredited from the National Association for Young Children due to their commitment and dedication to high-quality early education. The current Executive Director is Lillie Searcy. For more information you can visit their website. http://cooperctr.org/
The Hattie B. Cooper Community Center is primarily a Child Care Center for Infants, Toddlers,
Preschoolers and After-School aged children of the Roxbury/Boston area. They take care of approximately 125 children each day. They also offer the “Forget Me Not " program for seniors and computer classes for the community.
Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County provides help and hope for all persons in abusive relationships. They provide a helpline, a court advocacy program, a drop-in center, women's support groups, one-on-one counseling, safe houses, and educational outreach programs. They are located at 61 Main St., Wakefield, RI. The helpline number is 401-789-3990. Website WWW.dvrcsc.org.
Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
provides help and hope for all persons in abusive relationships. They provide a helpline, a court advocacy program, a drop-in center, women's support groups, one-on-one counseling, safe houses, and educational outreach programs. They are located at 61 Main St., Wakefield, RI. The helpline number is 401-789-3990. Website .
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. The Heifer project reaches out all over the world providing an animal(s) to families in need. The purpose is to not only provide nutrition to the family, but to enable to help other families through a gift of the offspring of their livestock. For a relatively small amount of money animals such as chicks, goats, heifers, rabbits are given to families. Training in caring for the animals is provided as well. With this gift, the family may also be able to pay for medical care, education or home improvements and experience the dignity of becoming more self-reliant. For more information please visit their website: http://www.heifer.org/ending-hunger/index.html
United Methodist Elder Care (UMEC)
Since 1971, United Methodist Elder Care (UMEC) has been helping out local seniors of modest means. The organization provides independent, assisted living and skilled nursing/rehabilitation to low-income seniors. Winslow Gardens are affordable independent living apartments and was the first project of its founders. Linn Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that is connected to Winslow Gardens in East Providence. Linn Health Care Center is in the top ten percent of nursing homes in the United States due to having zero health department deficiencies in the past four years and is deemed a five star nursing home by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare. UMEC’s facility on Federal Hill in Providence is called Arbor Hill Assisted Living. UMEC also manages the assisted living section of St. Germain Manor for the Woonsocket Housing Authority. UMEC Golden Cross donations are used to help residents who need financial help whether it is because of emergencies that strain their already precarious financial situations, or because of extremely limited resources. For more information please visit their website: http://www.umeldercareri.org/
The Red Bird Mission supports 20 churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, most of whose congregations have incomes well below poverty level. These churches provide spiritual growth, a safe place for children and teens, food when needed, low cost clothing and household items through thrift ships. Some also work with addicts and victims of other social issues. Red Bird also supports a clinic, a Christian school, and is working with other agencies to provide portable water in areas where rivers and streams are polluted. For more information please visit their website: http://www.redbirdconference.org/index.php
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Christ United Methodist church on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. “Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism” Their primary goal is to stay sober and help support others in the group to achieve sobriety. For more information please visit their website: www.rhodeisland-aa.org
JONNY CAKE CENTER OF PEACE DALE
Through its Food Pantry, the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale serves primarily to provide food at no cost to needy individuals and families of Peace Dale and its nearby communities. In addition, there is a Retail Thrift Store with a store front, “Furniture that Feeds”, where donated clothing, household items, and furniture are available at very low cost. Volunteers often needed and are always welcome, so do not hesitate to contact the Center. For more information please visit http://www.jonnycakecenter.org/
Welcome House of South County.
Welcome House of South County originated as South County Emergency Shelter in 1986, a consortium of night-to-night shelters in church basements throughout Washington County. In 1987 it was incorporated as a 501-c-3 non-profit. In 1989 the current Emergency Shelter - located a 8 North Road in Peace Dale, RI - was purchased and rehabilitated; Welcome House then began taking its first overnight guests. Welcome House of South County (WHSC) is the leading provider of support services for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in southern RI. It consists of the following four components: 1) a 17 bed emergency shelter; 2) a soup kitchen; 3) the Office of Housing & Community Services encompassing both transitional and permanent housing; and 4) the Peace Dale Winter Shelter operating from November 1 – March 31. Our primary focus with Welcome House has been their emergency shelter and to a lesser extent the soup kitchen.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity's goal is to eliminate homelessness by building adequate housing with those who need it. Their vision is that everyone in the world has a decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity seeks to instill this goal in the hearts and minds of people in such a way that substandard housing becomes socially, politically and religiously unacceptable everywhere in the world. Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Christ UMC gives money, lunches for the ReStore and building sites, as well as volunteers at the FaithBuild site. More information can be found at http://www.habitat.org/
Church Women United
Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. Founded in 1941, Church Women United is:
a movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women;
biblical based, shared Christian faith;
organized into more than 1,200 local and state units working for peace and justice in the United States and Puerto Rico;
supported by constituents in state and local units and denominational women’s organizations;
impassioned by the Holy Spirit to act on behalf of women and children throughout the world; and
Recognized as a non-governmental organization by the United Nations.
Currently, there is an active unit of Church Women United in Wakefield. It meets at Wakefield Baptist Church every third Tuesday of the month from September to June with the exception of December at 9:30. They have been responsible coordinating the Ecumenical Lenten Services in our area for many years.
South County Community Action Agency
The South County Community Action Agency, a private non-profit 501c3 corporation, has provided a wide variety of services to the disadvantaged people of Washington County and West Greenwich Rhode Island since its establishment during the Johnson Administration’s “War on Poverty” in 1967. Today we have programs that serve families of all backgrounds and economic levels. The major focus of our support of South County Community Action Agency is their heating assistance program www.sccainc.org/
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more. http://www.umcor.org/