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Chariho Times: SC Habitat for Humanity hosts Community Fair

By KELLY SULLIVAN

CHARLESTOWN – South County Habitat for Humanity, located at 1555 Shannock Road in Charlestown, will be hosting a Community Resource Fair on Aug. 25.

This free event is open to all South County residents who would like information and guidance on the services available to give individuals and families a hand up during difficult times.

A dozen different area organizations will be present at the fair and include the following: 

Al’s Moving Minds; a non-profit agency for senior citizens living with memory loss. The volunteer-run agency offers customized programs and socialization for those with early-to moderate-stage dementia.

The Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County; offering safety, support, advocacy and education to victims of domestic abuse. Since 1978, the center has been providing a network of services to those who have suffered, or are suffering from, the effects of violence or abuse.

Easter Seals Rhode Island; offering a wide range of services for individuals and families challenged by disability. By providing resources necessary for quality living, learning, working and playing, the organization has been making profound differences in the lives of those with disabilities for nearly a century. 

The Education Exchange; providing adult education services in an environment that embraces diversity. Since 1978, the agency has been empowering students through the opportunities for personal growth, job readiness and workforce skills. 

The Exeter Job Corps Academy; a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Individuals aged 16 to 24 are provided with the technical and academic training that can greatly improve the quality of life.

The Jonnycake Center of Westerly; providing services in cooperation with other area agencies to individuals and families in crisis. The non-profit agency provides food, clothing and financial assistance to residents of the Westerly-Chariho area, while helping them to find a path out of dependency. 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors; a non-profit charitable organization that helps to keep South County residents living safely in their homes after unexpected events, such as floods or fires, demand costly home repairs.

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island; started by veterans for the benefit of veterans, the organization’s mission is to give back to those who served and protected our liberties. Offering services and housing to homeless veterans, they help to ensure that struggling vets are able to get back on their feet.

Perspectives Corporation; a multi-faceted agency that helps those with intellectual, developmental and other types of disabilities live quality lives and pursue their dreams. Regardless of the severity of a disability, the programs and services offered by the agency ensures that any individual can have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to society.

The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty; champions the eradication of poverty in Rhode Island and includes congregations of every faith from across the state. By helping to provide affordable housing, nutritious food, accessible healthcare, equitable education and employment with decent wages, the coalition assists in laying the foundation for a better future.

Tri-County Community Action; providing accessible social educational, health, prevention and other services to people in need since 1964. The organization offers a wide range of services to empower needy individuals in achieving their highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality living.

The University Of Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; providing assistance with food costs to low-income individuals and families.

The Warm Center; offers care and services to the homeless and needy. The 19-bed adult shelter contains a community soup kitchen that serves lunch and dinner each day of the year. The organization’s services include assistance with finding affordable housing, case management, job development, clothing and other supportive programs.

The Community Resource Fair will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you are a veteran, a senior citizen, an individual living with a disability, a caregiver, someone undergoing a financial crisis, or if you just want to find out more about the services offered to those in need in South County, stop by and talk to one of the agents or pick up some information.  

Courtesy of The Chariho Times



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