Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Hello there, this event isn’t sponsored by the Dream Center but I still wanted to get the word out nonetheless…

Buy Nothing Day Coat Drive – Rhode Island

2015 Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange 
Sites and Schedules

Coat Drive Date: Friday November 27th, 2015

Providence: State House Lawn – Across from the Mall
RAIN LOCATION: Gloria Dei Church 15 Hayes Street
Friday November 27 9 AM to 1 PM
Contacts: Greg Gerritt: 331-0529 and Phil Edmonds

Pawtucket: Blackstone Valley Visitors Center – 175 Main St
Coats accepted at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center and many other locations in Pawtucket all through November during business hours.
November Winters Farmers Markets Wednesday evening 
Saturday morning at Hope Artiste Village.
Coats given away Friday, November 27 10AM -2PM
Contact: Arthur Pitt 401-369-1918…/home

Cumberland: St. Patrick’s Church Lawn – 301 Broad Street
Friday, November 27 9AM- 11AM
Contact Molly Cabatingan at (401) 334-9639 or at

East Providence: Bridgepoint – 850 Waterman Ave
Coats collected and given away Friday November 28 9 AM to 1 PM 
Coats collected throughout November at various locations in East 
Providence and Seekonk including the Newman YMCA.
Contact: David or Lisa Spencer 401- 965-9099

Newport: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – 12 Marlborough Street
Coats given away and collected November 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact: Office Administrator: Ralph Petrarca 401- 846-0966
Office hours are 9AM – Noon, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Wakefield: St. Francis Church – 114 High Street
Coats Collected and given away November 27 10AM to Noon
Contact: Tom Abbott 401-364-0778

Warwick: Woodbury Union Church – 58 Beach Avenue Conimicut Village
November 27th from 10am to 12 noon.
Good condition winter coats, jackets, vests, gloves, mittens, and scarves. 
Church phone number: 401-737-8232. E-mail contact:

Greater Providence YMCA Sites
Collection and Distribution
All sites collecting coats throughout November 
Most sites distributing coats on November 27 9AM to 1PM

Bayside YMCA – 70 West Street, Barrington 
Collection and distribution site 
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Sandra Carney 401-245-2444
Drop off and pick up site

Cranston YMCA – 1225 Park Avenue, Cranston
Collection and distribution site 
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Senior Director Andrea Champagne 401-943-0444

Kent County YMCA – 900 Centerville Road, Warwick 
Collection and distribution site 
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Patricia Driscoll 401-828-0130

West Bay Family YMCA Branch – 7540 Post Road, North Kingstown 
Collection and distribution site 
Distribution Friday November 27
Contact: Welcome Center Director Kaitlyn Rooney 401-295-6501

East Side/Mount Hope – 438 Hope Street, Providence 
Drop off coats throughout November 
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via the Providence site
Contact: Welcome Center Director Christy Clausen 401-521-0155

Newman YMCA – 472 Taunton Avenue Seekonk, MA
Collection of coats only
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via East Providence site
Contact: Welcome Center Director Paula Roy 508-336-7103

Providence Youth Services – 640 Broad Street, Providence
Not a distribution site – coats distributed via the Providence site 
Contact: Welcome Center Director Christy Clausen 401-521-0155

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Check out the awesome email I just received from my friend Ginny:


Ramona Brown 


Ramona Brown 
Family,  The 2 Pictures above were taken by Ramoma Brown. 

The Rhode Island Dream Center, Hope for the Homeless Back Pack give away on the State House Lawn This Saturday Morning that all of You made possible.
Around 350 or more Back Packs were given out, Along With over 35 Huge bags of clothing and Lunches and Coffee, That all of you so generously donated. 

 Once again you have blessed hundreds  of lives as you  continue to do so each and every week, these are the people you serve. 

The very same people you serve At Kennedy Plaza and Crossroads each week. They once again were in awe and so very thankful. You make it Happen! God bless you all.  

It brings tears of great joy  to your eyes to see how thankful and blessed, They are and that God has blessed us all with a family that serves together in unity, with loving giving hearts and so many giving out of their very own need.
 See Chuck  passing out the back packs and the long line of Hundreds of people in Picture  below.


Thanks for capturing these  pictures Ramona.
Thank you Andrea Smith and Romona Brown for helping us pass out all the clothing out. 

Thank you to Chuck Johnson and all those who loaded the truck with Back Packs and all the clothing bags.

Thank you to George Stockwell for making the coffee.

Thanks to all those who donated there time and served in any way. God bless you all.

What a huge Blessing !!!!!!!!!! 
After speaking to the homeless today,  they let us know about the following
great needs: warm winter gloves Gloves Men’s Jeans size 32 to 44 and one  mansize 50 ,Sweat shirts sweat pants, Hoodies ,jackets ,socks,  Clean ,warm winter clothing ! All the men are asking for pants!!!!!
Thank you’s were so many and so genuine, And one Young Man Made the sign of the cross and pounded on his heart and blew kisses and a blessing of the cross  and said thank you all so much Angels!! for the coat and socks we gave him.
Another man Put on a coat we gave him and he said with the biggest smile on his face look at me in this awesome coat it fits me just right and it is so warm thanks with all my heart, this is so perfect for me.
Prayer List from the homeless:
Veronica  Needs healing of the infection in her spine
June Is having tests to see if there is a tumor in her spine, She keeps loosing more and more weight, she goes to live it up service each week.
Joe Alvanege  his house burned down
Matthew Needs Large , xlarge Hoodie
 Hilda Healing miracle of her aorta and spot on her lung, and her and all her family and friends battling cancer.
Elizabeth  Her needs
Eddie Housing And safety
Maude Her needs
Morali His needs
Felecia needs x large coat
Al  needs size 32 or 33 Jeans 
  Bruce,Serinity ,Monkey, and family their needs
David  his needs
Joe  his needs
Severo  His needs
Johnathon and his wife Keteri  Their needs
Joe A  his needs
Christina  God knows
Archie God knows 
George  Homeless
George Different 
George God knows
Michelle  Her needs
Lisa  Her needs
Joe needs pants size 36
Richard  his needs
Sandra Dee Deliverance
Rick  God knows
Anna  Her needs
Maria and her children  their needs
Gloria  her needs
Helen  her needs 
Joe  his needs
David  his needs
David different David God knows
David different David  His needs
Derrick His needs
Francis his needs
Andy  God knows
Wendy  Her needs and health
David E.  His needs
Lois  her needs
Tracy her needs
Sue  her needs
S&G  their needs
Jan healing
Chuck and Joanne to get house finished soon
William  Healing
Maria Healing
 Jeff’s friend Paulie  over dosed and passed away , His mom and family
All those struggling with addictions especially during the holidays which is a very hard time for them.
C& C  God knows
Gerry  his needs
Rick  his needs 
Scott Said The Convention Center feeds 1,000.00 People the Saturday before Christmas Puts on an awesome dinner  between 11:30 and 4:30 and Between 10 and 11 am people line up for the coats they give away and he said they also give Back Packs loaded with stuff.
Barbara needs many miracles in her family
Erin  God knows 
 Scott God knows
 Shanna God knows 
Robert God knows
Alica B. needs size 3 xl shirts and pants size 2xl  401 688- 1155
Joe needs 5xl or 6 xl Hoodie Pants waist size 50
Joseph His needs
David Quinn needs healing miracle of bladder Cancer
Erin  to end homelessness
Ronnie  Healing Linda Healing Ken & family their needs
Shelia  her needs
Brian  needs a home and asks for pray for homeless women to get a shelter
Nicole her needs
Steven  Safe pregancy for his baby
Amos S, His friend Linda having seziures in hospital
Dawn  her needs
Lee Ann her needs
Richard His liver and kidneys are failing clean and sober 15 months
Lisa  her sister had a stroke
Jackie  her needs
Francis friend with cancer
Ilio  his dog died
Denise  having a baby
Michael  His needs and his girl Nicola is in Jail
Sandra to stop smoking
Barbara  everything
Barbara different Barbara  Health and for her family
Rick sobriety 
Lidia ,Amanda And Baby Leo please continue to pray for them Sharon  healing and her needs
Mark God knows
All the homeless 
All who are struggling with addictions
All who bless  this ministry and their family
All who are ill and in pain
All ministries
Dream Center
You and your family

Thank you Love and prayers  from the homeless and the Early Seekers
God bless and have a great week.

Very excited to be handing out over 450 backpacks to the homeless this weekend 🙂  I’m so proud of the team for pulling this off once again.



Excited to be stuffing 500 backpacks with winter supplies for the homeless on Tuesday.  

We had an awesome event this past Saturday where we bussed in the homeless,  fed them,  and connected them with local service providers.

Looking forward to giving the backpacks out on Saturday morning. 

We work so hard all year long raising the funds and supplies for them…..we finally get to give them out to the needy!

Makes my heart smile knowing how much we’re helping my friends on the street. Makes my heart hurt knowing how much more help is really needed.




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