ProJo: House of Hope tackles homelessness in R.I. with showers, medical screenings, haircuts — and housing

By Jim Hummel / The Rhode Island Spotlight
Posted at 12:00 PM

Shower to Empower is a 20-foot-long mobile unit with two private showers that bookend a screening room and a barber's chair. It is the latest service provided by the House of Hope Community Development Corporation, a Warwick-based nonprofit.

On a bone-chilling morning five days before Christmas a crowd gathers just before 9 o'clock outside a mobile shower unit in South Providence. Some are living on the street, others arrive from shelters in Cranston or Pawtucket. One man needs to get cleaned up before going to work.

Over the next two hours they will get something that many of us take for granted: a hot shower, a haircut and a chance to see a licensed nurse practitioner, who will help connect them with a variety of medical services.

Courtesy of Providence Journal

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