Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thanks so much for coming back to check in!

November is right around the corner…and you know what that means…colder weather, Thanksgiving, family-time, Christmas, winter…but we’re not there just yet…

November 16 kicks off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (check out the National Coalition for the Homeless website for more info (http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/index.html)…and that means the Dream Center is preparing for our annual Hope for the Homeless event.

As in years past, we’re handing out 300 backpacks filled with winter necessities to the homeless to help them prepare for the upcoming winter.   Passing out backpacks has become one of my most favorite traditions, and I am so proud of the team for faithfully raising funds, filling backpacks, and handing them out year after year.

If you have a chance, take a look at this video from a couple of years ago:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_fWbJuPr5k   On that day we passed out backpacks then blessed the ladies with makeovers 🙂

It really brings things into perspective for me, working with folks who have no more than what they can carry in their backpack everyday…even for those that are sleeping in shelters, most need to load all their belongings up into the backpack when they are forced out in the morning and need to carry everything they own with them all day until they can find some rest back at the shelter later that night.

We relish the opportunity to bless them with a brand new backpack filled with things that you and I often take for granted.  This year, we expect to stuff the backpacks with the following:

  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Blanket
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Comb
  • Nail clipper
  • Bible
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet tissue
  • Umbrella
  • First aid kits
  • Lip balm
  • Cocoa packets
  • Instant soup
  • Hairbrush
  • Towel Powder/foot powder
  • Facecloth
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Oatmeal Packet
  • Pocket warmers
  • Cough drops

Yeah, it’s a lot…but this might be the only gift some of these individuals gets this year…and if we can help one person survive another cold RI Winter then we are going to do EVERYTHING in our power to do so.

So, if there is anything you can do to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

You might find a great deal on hand warmers and tooth brushes, or you might want to donate to the cause…whatever you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps – your gift might be that gift that helps someone.

Here’s how you can get involved…

  • buy supplies and drop them off at our office at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston
  • send us a check made payable to the RI Dream Center and drop it in the mail
  • donate electronically through the PayPal link on our website:  http://ridreamcenter.com/index.php/donors/

We have one more unique opportunity as well.  We are having a walk-a-thon to help raise awareness and will be selling sponsorships that will be displayed on the team’s RIDC t-shirts.  For a gift of $50, we will list your business name on the t-shirt announcing your sponsorship of this great event.

Every little bit helps…  We really appreciate any donations you can help us with.

Thanks so much for checking in today – be sure to check in soon for future posts to the Dream Center Diary!

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We had our 2nd Annual Block Party this past weekend and it was such a blast!!!  The kids had so much fun having their faces painted and playing in the bounce house, and the adults had just as much fun eating bbq while enjoying live bands…we just want to take the time to say a big, heart-felt thank you to all those who came through to support the cause.

First off, let’s thank the bands that came out and played…they did an amazing job keeping us entertained throughout the afternoon…be sure to check them out when you get a chance – you won’t be disappointed:

  • The Brosvenors
  • The Retake
  • Linda Cantone
  • 33 Lights
  • Shawn Dennison

Thanks so much for taking a Saturday afternoon out of your schedule to come play for our fundraiser!

We’d like to thank all the donors as well as well.   We had sooooo many donations – from food to gifts and prizes for the raffles…I am amazed at the outpouring of the business community here in Rhode Island…thank you so much for helping us stretch toward our goals!

Finally, we’d like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who spent countless hours dreaming this event up and then turning it into a reality…it would not have been possible without you…the RI Dream Center has some of the best volunteers in the world, and we appreciate each and every one of you.   Thank you volunteers – you are the heart and soul of RIDC…

The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all.  I must admit, though, I think Dan had the most fun – check out Facebook for a couple of videos of Dan in the dunk tank!!!  Do you think anyone was able to dunk him?  You’ll have to watch the videos to find out!!!

  1. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=10201441603876426&set=vb.1665144180&type=2&theater
  2. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=10201446525159455&set=vb.1665144180&type=2&theater

Didn’t get the chance to swing by but still want to donate?  No problem…you can donate anytime through the following link:  https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=CzLOnQFnFkLHV6uXI6-2xOY5osKLQx_V8TjMhpW9cnDGl6VYhOSkk9kYLPO&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d0038486cd0d9a2f30f3a21df7b0d0cee

Technologically challenged?  Probably not, how else would you be reading a blog!?!  But, if you’d rather drop us a check, that’s fine as well.  Please make it payable to “Rhode Island Dream Center” and drop it in the mail to us at 330 Park Ave., Cranston, RI 02905…

As we wrap up for today, here are a few pictures from the event:

Volunteers

Volunteer Harriet Kids Playing in Bounce House Volunteer Chuck Kids Eating Volunteer

Thanks so much for supporting the RIDC!!!  And thanks for checking in today – be sure to check in soon for future posts to the Dream Center Diary!

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Thanks for taking the time to check out the RI Dream Center Blog.

The title says it all – this is the Dream Center’s Diary…we will be posting news, updates, and every-day life stories about Dream Center volunteers, donors, and patrons.

  • Looking for volunteer opportunities?  check!
  • Looking for ways to give?  check!
  • Looking to see what your donations are doing?  check!
  • Looking to meet some of the RI Dream Center staff?  check!
  • Looking to catch up with some of the people RI Dream Center is serving?  check!

For starters, here are some of the things RI Dream Center has going on these days:

  • Food Truck – hits the streets every day handing out free meals to the homeless across Providence and Cranston
  • The Covenant – putting together wedding ceremonies for financially poor but emotionally rich couples
  • I Need You To Survive – providing free head-to-toe makeovers for no/low-income women
  • Overcomers – Monday night meeting helping those looking to beat addictions

There’s much more we have going on as well…and as time goes by we’ll spend more time exploring the RI Dream Center…

In fact, we are having a huge fundraiser this weekend…please be sure to check out our event page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/538478832892214/) for more details, but here are some of the fun things we have going on this Saturday from noon to 6pm at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston:

  • Pig Roast
  • Bouncy House and Face Painting for the kids
  • Live Bands
  • Silent Auction
  • Dunk Tank
  • And much more…

Well, thanks for checking in today – be sure to check in soon for future posts to the Dream Center Diary!

We’d love to hear from you: