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Hi DCD followers!!!

I have some news for you – we are hosting our I Need You To Survive event this coming Saturday from 9am-3pm at 330 Park Ave in Cranston.

For this event, we bus in homeless and low-income women and provide them lunch along with free head-to-toe makeovers. Take a look at my post from April for some more information:

We are looking for volunteers to assist. If you, or someone you might know, might be looking to help out, please contact Gilannie Pangburn by sending her an email at (attn Gilannie/INU2S) or call her at 781-1565. Don’t worry – you don’t have to be an expert or have a ton of experience in health/beauty care to help out! Every little bit helps! Please let me know if you have any questions at all! Thanks!!!

While you’re at it, check out November`s post as well:

Have a great day!

Hello, thanks for checking in with the Dream Center Diaries!

I trust you are having an amazing Thanksgiving, and I can promise you that we at the RI Dream Center are having a great Thanksgiving as well!!!  We have just witnessed the biggest month in our history!

So, without further adieu, let’s kick things off with details on the 8th Annual Hope for the Homeless Event.

Hope for the Homeless

November 8th: 8th Annual Hope for the Homeless Event – we bussed the homeless over to Praise Tabernacle Church in Cranston, fed them a delicious meal donated by Texas Roadhouse, and linked them up with over 20 Service Providers.  We have been putting this event on yearly in recognition of National Homeless Awareness Week, and this event has grown each year.   Here are the direct care providers that set up tables with us:

  • Sojourner House
  • Teen Challenge
  • RI Coalition for the Homeless
  • Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
  • Walgreens
  • RI Legal Services
  • W.A.R.M.
  • Community Care Alliance
  • RI Dream Center Overcomers Meeting
  • MAP
  • Neville Bedford, Esq.
  • Galilee Mission for Fisherman
  • Warwick House of Hope
  • The Providence Center
  • Blessing Way Sober House
  • The Discovery House United Health Care Community Plan
  • Veteran’s Inc.
  • Thundermist
  • CrossRoads RI
  • Rhode Island Housing

Besides hooking up our homeless with these great service providers and providing them with a great meal, we enjoyed great concert by Praise Tabernacle’s Youth Redefined Band.

The Dream Center also took the time to recognize the following individuals/organizations who have gone above and beyond this year helping us out:

Ed Brady –Winner of the Bob Pangborn Award – this award is given to a person who quietly, and without needing to be in the forefront, helps so many people. Ed’s organizations provide annual summertime barbecues and Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of homeless! He also donates backpacks and supplies each year for our annual drive.  Ed is a restaurateur and owner of The Thirsty Beaver & Vanity Supper Club.  Thanks for all your support, Ed Brady!

Steve Marocco – Winner of the Jimmy B Award, given to that person who, without complaint or question, asks what is needed and makes it happen (we call this “find a need and fill it”). The president of the RIDC Board let me know that Steve donates so much to us throughout the year that it would take up 3 pages to list everything.  However beyond that, he also connects us with others who help us out tremendously! Food, Clothes, Back Packs, Toiletries, Money, Time, Custom Tee Shirts, Custom Sweatshirts, and on and on!! Steve owns and operates Elmwood Sports in Cranston, RI.  Thanks for all your help this year, Steve Marocco!

Overcomers Program – The Georgie Award is given to the RI Dream Center Program that has brought about the most change in peoples’ lives. This support group combines a traditional 12-step program with an added layer of a personal faith, and it has helped many people deal with issues they have been struggling with.  This award was given to June Pangburn who runs this program. June is an amazing leader and friend to all those that frequent the meeting, and there have been many testimonials of individuals who can attest to her support.  Keep up the great work, June Pangburn!

We’ve also got to thank all the volunteers who helped out this year, whether it was planning and organizing or helping during the event (or both)!!! You are appreciated sooooooooooo much!!!

And, of course, Texas Roadhouse in Cranston – who provided an amazing spread!!!  Thank you guys!!!

Click on any of the pics on this post for a full-size view….


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As you know by now, we work hard all year to collect donations for our backpacks, and this year the results were phenomenal.  Between our Providence, West Warwick and South County drop-off sites, we handed out 450 backpacks stuffed with winter essentials. Through your generous support, we were able to raise funds and supplies for 400 of those backpacks, and generous donors provided an additional 50 backpacks already stocked with winter goodies. Thanks so much to all of our volunteers and donors! (special shout-out goes to Fidelity Team Silver for your continued support in this endeavor!)

November 11th: Filling the Backpacks – we had over 20 volunteers come to the building to stuff the backpacks – the volunteers were as diverse as the individuals that would ultimately receive them.  Our helpers that night included members of Praise Tabernacle Church, members of the homeless community that had received backpacks in the past, employees of Fidelity Investments, and students from Masters Regional Academy’s National Honor Society. I have been involved with the stuffing of the backpacks for years, and I have never seen them filled this efficiently.  We are getting much better at this – this night was the fastest we ever stuffed the backpacks – it used to take us two days but this year we filled them in one hour!!!  Great job, team!

November 15th:  Passing the backpacks out – we passed the backpacks out on November 15th on the RI State House lawn and provided bagged lunches, hot coffee and free clothes along with them!  I am hoping to upload a video soon, but in the meantime make sure you check out the pictures below.  My last pic is quite touching…someone donated a Justin Bieber backpack, and it just happened to go to this sweet lil princess….it totally made her day….it totally broke my heart seeing her out there….this exactly what our organization is all about….

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Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23rd: Thanksgiving Dinner – Ed Brady’s Team put on a phenomenal Thanksgiving Event for the homeless and financially poor this year. Partnering with Praise Tabernacle Church, it was the fifth year Ed Brady’s team sponsored the event, and it has grown larger and larger each year. I remember in years past, where we barely had room to feed 100 people.  This year though – besides feeding hundreds of homeless delicious turkey dinners, the team also brought care packs (filled with toiletries), coats, shoes and all manner of clothes for our guests to take home. If that wasn’t enough, the team also had barbers and stylists onsite providing free haircuts for men and women while they were waiting in line for their food. It truly was an amazing experience to be a part of.  I am so proud of Ed and his team and can’t wait to see what next year holds!!!

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It’s been a crazy busy month so far, but there is much more we are looking forward to!  We couldn’t have done it without your support, and we thank you so much.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thank you to all the supporters of the RI Dream Center Hope for the Homeless Winter Survival Backpack Sponsors!!!!

If that’s not a mouthful, I don’t know what is!!!

Here’s the scoop, for those of you that don’t know what’s up – every year we hand out 300 free backpacks to the homeless filled with winter survival supplies.  Yeah, it’s expensive, and yeah, it’s a lot of work….but it is soooooooo worth it!!!

To get it done, we rely on friends and family of the RI Dream Center for support.  One of the main fundraisers is the Walkathon.  Another way we raise support is simply by asking for supplies, and year after year I am totally amazed by the outstanding efforts of ordinary, everyday citizens of our community that help provide supplies for our backpacks.

Ok, so let’s set the table – here’s what we hand out:

Fleece Blanket
Shave Cream
Nail clippers
Lip balm

Other helpful items are hand sanitizer, alcohol free mouthwash, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

As you can see, it’s a lot – just multiply that list by 300!!!!

We have already started receiving some donations, but if you would like to help us out by donating any of the above necessities it would be great!  If you would like to donate anything, leave a comment below and we will figure out the best way to connect!

So, here are the dates I promised:

HFH Walkathon – October 11th at the PT Church Parking Lot at 8:30 am

Filling of the Backpacks – November 11th at PT Church at 6:00 pm until…..whenever we’re done!

Backpack Hand Outs – November 15th  State House Lawn at 7:00 am

If you would like to help out with ANYTHING you have read about in this post, please let me know and we will put you in contact with someone running each of these events!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog!!!

Mark your Calendars – we have A LOT going on in the next few months:

  • HFH Walkathon: Saturday, October 11th starting at the PT Church Parking Lot – 8:30 am
  • HFH Homelessness Event: Saturday,  November 8th @ PT Church – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Filling of the Backpacks: Tuesday, November 11th @  PT Church – 6:00 pm until….. 
  • Back Pack Hand-Outs: Saturday, November 15th @ State House Lawn – 7:00 am

They are all interrelated – I will have much more detail for you soon…hope this whets your appetite!!!!

Hey!  Thanks for checking in!  We received the following email update from the folks who passed out food and clothes to the homeless Downcity this morning:

We had a very Blessed day in the Lord at KP today.


We were able to pass out coats and clothing, socks, toiletries and   lunches  etc. Lidia brought clothing and homemade cookies Barbara brought coats and clothing as well. and many were so blessed to have received the much needed items and also the coffee that Chuck and George always faithfully provide as well as all the sandwiches that every one of you provide for them. we ran out of food pretty quickly tho… many hungry among us today. So surprised to see many new faces so sad really to see more and more homeless on the streets of Providence. many looked lost and seemed in  weakened  condition… maybe from an illness, a cold,  or the flu, or maybe just weary from struggling to survive out here in the cold and brutal weather.


There was such an unsettling spirit there today many just seemed restless, irritable and, I don’t know just difficult  in some ways.
We love them anyway on good days and bad… .when they are on their best behavior or not.. who can blame them what do they have really? many have even lost their hope. ..Just difficult to see and witness. we pray with them and offer encouragement as best we can, we tell them we love them and  share with them God’s love for them.
It must be a very difficult time of year for them, so many have only the clothes on their backs .   how hard it must be for them   knowing they have nothing to give to their loved ones family and friends.  and many have no family to love on them and share the joy of Christmas with….no one to share…no one to care.


The sadness in their faces says it all and it is heart wrenching to witness. We offer and are able to provide these little bits of comfort for the day. Only wish we had the means to erase all the pain and provide  homes  jobs, family restorations, and so much more,  We leave them there  and promise to pray for a better life for them. It is so hard to leave them , and go home…..  your mind and heart repeatedly reminding  you of the sadness of their plight.


Please keep them all in your prayers God is able to turn things around  for all of them and I know that if my heart breaks how much more our God for He loves and cares ever much more than we can even imagine, for he is their heavenly Father.
Didn’t get too many prayer requests today…. so busy… and the hustle and bustle is sometimes overwhelming and just difficult to get everyone to share whats on their heart. but we pray for each and every one and God knows all their needs.
Here are they prayer requests the homeless had for us today:

  • Michael     thanks God for everything!
  • Ray     needs pray for his kids family and friends
  • Wayne     has cancer of the lung and has just found that he has heart problems as well
  • Allen     He is there every week, needs so much
  • Kevin   Housing and all his needs
  • Brian    asked for prayer for all the people in New  Town
  • Lilly Andrews  Her children
  • Girl in the pink coat    so very distraught this  morning
  • Katherine      a beautiful woman  said she  needs a home ,lives at the shelter
  • Gary Brooks     3 months clean and sober… Praise God! wants prayer to quit smoking
  • Steven     Head problems…. his wife gave  us  this prayer request speaks broken english so it was hard to  understand her but able to get that she needed us to pray for healing for  his problems in his head
  • Darnell    So grateful  for all the much-needed items  that you all donated and gave to Sharon  for his apartment
  • Ken     God knows
  • Julia    her children, finances  etc
  • Jason  Clean and sober 16 months now. He was on a news segment a few  days ago sharing his story of how  16 months ago he was in the hospital  in a coma  and almost died as he was a victim of taking/buying that  new drug on the street that looks like oxycodone but is like 100 times more  potent and many have died  right here in RI from this drug.  This drug  is still circulating and being sold to  many homeless and addicted  individuals who do not know the dangers of it. jason  said he will be on  the news  again on a special program but I cant remember  what one.  anyway he will share his story. He said that he is  people to  survive after taking it
  • Frances      Comes to pt faithfully and helps us  every week at KP he has many needs as well. protects and brings things under  control when needed.
  • Judy     Walking/limping with a cane… needs healing  in her leg
  • Carl  God Knows
  • Bernard and Lois    God knows
  • Jack  God Knows
  • Gary    said he’s broke and his check was delayed in the  mail. concerned because he borrowed $20 from a friend and wants to pay him back  asap
  • Raymond     Healing, finances  and family
  • Gloria       finances, family
  • Helen    her children, finances
  • Richard  God knows….. He is a great guy loves the Lord and helps us  and protects us and helps to provide a calming spirit to those who are  restless.

Prayer for all our homeless:

  • Addictions to be broken
  • healing for all  in need of physical ailments, disease or afflictions  of any kind
  • restoration and reuniting of families and healing of hurts
  • Housing for the homeless
  • Financial blessings to those that need
  • Jobs for the unemployed
  • Joy  and happiness for the downtrodden
  • Hope  renewed for all those who have lost it  and can’t find  their way back
  • Abundant Blessings to all of you who provide so much and pray  for our precious family at KP
  • comfort  for  grieving hearts

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  Please let me know if you would like to donate.  This team needs help with sandwiches, drinks, snacks and hot coffee…they are out there every single Saturday of the year – rain or shine, warm or cold…or, let me know if you’d like to volunteer…

Ok, so we are in the midst of a Winter Weather Advisory right now here in Rhode Island, and I just stumbled upon the following post on one of our volunteer’s Facebook pages.  Take a look at what Sharon and Lidia shared today:

Thank you to all of you who donate to the homeless.  Here is a typical Saturday morning. 
I can not even put words to how cold it was at Kennedy Plaza today!!!! I was so thankful to have a warm home to go to.
I was standing there trying to keep warm when a man came up to me and asked if he could have the thin plastic tablecloth (like the ones you buy for birthday parties) on which we had laid the clothes. It belonged to Ginny, so I asked her. She gladly gave him all. He went on to explain that he sleeps outside and would be using them to put over his blankets so when the snow comes it will protect him and the snow will easily be removed off of him. He asked if we had gloves. We didn’t have anymore so Janet took hers off and gave them to him. It was obvious he felt bad taking them. She reassured him that she had another pair at home. He was so excited. At this point I could feel my heart breaking for this man whose face showed years of life’s abuse. I tried to hold my tears back. Ginny asked him, “how do you do it, how do you survive out here in such cold?” He said he’d been doing it for many years. He also needed blankets. I am going to work on getting him some for next week. so if anyone has any please let me know. I handed him a few sandwiches and watched him as he slowly walked away into the chilling coldness.
As soon as he left I just cried my eyes out and so did Janet and Ginny. A young woman who we see there often hadn’t been around in a while. She came by to say hello. She explained that she had been in a coma for months and then showed us the scar on her skull put here by her abusive boyfriend. He almost killed her. He only got 3 years in jail. All she took was a hot cup of coffee and was on her way. She is always so kind and sweet to us.
A mother and her maybe 5yr old daughter came looking for a coat for herself and extra things for her little girl to keep her warm. I felt awful because I had given all the coats away by the time she came. About 20min. later I heard Chuck say that he had some coats on the truck. I ran to the bus terminal in hopes she may have gone there to keep warm so I could give her a coat. I was over joyed to have found her. She was so excited to have a coat!
A young man, no more than 20yrs old. In need of everything warm, took some sandwiches and a backpack Janet gave him. So young, something about how he looked at me…he was so appreciative. He reached over and gave me a big hug and as he walked away he kept looking back at me as if he was amazed by the help given him. sometimes there are those who take advantage of us and don’t always say kind things even when we are helping them. Today was not one of those days. It was a very emotional day. I share these stories so that all of you who help may be blessed for all the help you give to HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS. I love you all.
We have the best volunteers in the world.  Thanks for sharing your stories, Lidia and Sharon.  Thanks to the whole Early Seekers crew – George, Jan, Ginny, Bob, Lidia, Chuck, Claudia…I’m sure there are other names that escape me right now…and those that donate food and clothes every single week  – forgive me for not mentioning your name but your efforts do not go unnoticed…
I also wanted to say thanks to all my readers and followers for your recent donations.  The holiday season is always tough on the people we serve, and your donations are continuing to make a positive impact in their lives.
If you would like to donate, please visit our PayPal page by clicking here.
You can also send a check to us at the following address:
RI Dream Center
330 Park Ave
Cranston RI 02905
Thanks so much for all your support!!!!
We keep it SIMPLE – Significant Impact in Many People’s Lives Everyday!!!!

One of our great volunteers, Ginny, sent me an email this morning providing me with the following update on today’s happenings with Early Seekers down at Kennedy Plaza.  They are down there (and at Crossroads) every single Saturday morning handing out clothes and bagged-lunches to the homeless as they are getting off the buses (most shelters close early in the morning and the homeless have nowhere to go but the bus station).  The Food Truck gets a lot of publicity, but the Early Seekers are the very essence of RI Dream Center.  I hope you enjoy her update as much as I do:

What an awesome morning we had at Kennedy Plaza, It  was  so exciting to see so many of them with the backpacks we passed out on  November 16th,  Praise God!  God bless you all once again for making  it all possible and for all you do all year long.

We had the honor of having Bob Ekno with us this morning. He brought Clothing to pass out. He is the host of  a Christian talk show In California which gives all beautiful testimonies of how  God turned peoples’ lives around. He is also the author Of the book “God bless America  before it is too Late.” He Also works with the homeless in Calif.  He is up here  visiting his family and plans on coming to PT tomorrow also.  He was so touched with all we do at Kennedy  Plaza . the food truck etc . Even though it was a whooping 14 degrees out , he stayed the whole time, It must have been extra cold for him as he came from  much warmer climate. God bless him. 

We had the honor of Christina & Randy helping on  the food truck this morning. God Bless you

We passed out many bags of clothing and shoes and  blankets and many lunches as well and People were so thankful. 

Here are some of thing things we are thankful for…

A man we gave some clothing to, we gave him a canvas bag to put his clothing in and then we noticed that the top of the bag was torn, so I said oh wait a minute that bag is ripped We will get you another bag, we have a lot more.

He Insisted that the bag  we gave him was fine he said see I just fold it over like this, save the other bags for someone else, This is good. I said God bless you he said no God bless all of you I am just so thankful  for the clothing and al you do.  Wow! How many of us might be hot under the collar if someone gave us a torn bag? Talk about being thankful!!!!! Beautiful people with thankful hearts. ( Brings tears to your eyes)

John  a homeless man gave me $2:00 and said I want to make a donation, this is so awesome all you do here. I want to help out he said. I said God bless you, He said no God Bless all of you. ( brings tears to you eyes)        

A homeless Lady came to us and said I have a whole bunch of cloth ,canvas and sturdy bags with handles on them for you to give to people to carry their clothes in. I said oh that is so very nice of you God bless you, She said No God bless all of you for the awesome work you do here. (It brings tears to your eyes) how they want to be a part  of Giving and how thankful they are.

Ken:  My sister Jan had bought some backpacks and supplies with her own money to give to anyone who did not get one and really needed one. Last week Ken said I don’t have anything and Jan said I will bring you a backpack with supplies in it. So she Gave it to him and he was so thankful. He opened it and found the bag of toiletries in it and came running back with the bag of toiletries in his hands and said oh my God I need these so much, I can’t thank you enough. He was also thrilled with the hat scarf gloves other supplies and the backpack. Praise God. And God bless Jan For his and all the others she gave out. They were so thankful also.       

Many People were so hungry they ate their sandwiches as soon as we gave them to them and because it was the first of the month and there were not as many people there we had extra sandwiches and we gave some of them another  Sandwich and they ate that second sandwich right away and said i was so hungry Thank you so very much

Many People said that they went to Praise Tabernacle on thanksgiving day for the Thanksgiving Dinner they served, They all said what an awesome dinner and that the people at that church were so warm and loving and they want to come to our church. LOVE Speaks once again!!!!!!

A special thank you Veronica,  Barbara Sista, (Ginny Tom’s aunt) and Jan also the other Jan for the lovely things you donated and (Susan Jan’s daughter) for all the lovely shoes and sneakers and To Paul Jan’s brother- in – law for the beautiful leather all the jackets, hats scarfs and gloves and to all of you and your friends, coworkers and relatives Who donated clothing Etc, All went and they were so thankful . You really blessed  them. God bless you. Also thanks again for your Prayers Lunch and all you do. God bless you all.

Some of the people we serve ask us to pray for them…see below:

  • Sharon will have surgery on Dec 2, 2013 on her elbow ,please keep her in prayer for peace,  Her surgery and a speedy recovery.
  • Liz  Brenda’s mother Please  continue to keep her in pray for peace and a speedy recovery for completely healing and That she can swallow . please pray for Brenda as well
  • Tracy please keep her and her family in prayer
  • Brandon  God knows      
  • Joseph Guilmette Cancer healing miracle
  • John cancer of the  lung  healing miracle
  • Gracie   Cancer healing miracle
  • Scott  please continue to keep him in prayer for healing Blood clots
  • Jordan   God knows      
  • Maria healing back pain & For her family
  • Barbara Needs many miracles in her family
  • Robert  miracle deliverance      
  • Bobby   Healing of back pain
  • Car miracle deliverance      
  • C miracle deliverance      
  • Maria healing miracle deliverance      
  • Brian   God knows      
  • Christina  God knows      
  • Paul  God knows      
  • Hilda & Gary  God knows      
  • Lidia & her family
  • K   Job & God knows      
  • Linda  Inner healing & salvation
  • Ronnie in Jail and his wife and 3 babies
  • Ron   complete healing 
  • Randy   God knows
  • Ken healing of his back      
  • Anthony finances
  • Bobby finances and healing of his foot
  • S&G  God knows       
  • Kara   that she gets he surgery soon and the outcome is great
  • J&T  God knows      
  • Barbara  different Barbara  Her & Family God knows
  • Ron & Cindy on the trail for  God’s protection and provision and for all they witness to.
  • Billy  Healing depression
  • Willy  his  needs
  • William Salvation for him & family
  • Jeff  God knows      
  • David & family God knows      
  • George   God knows      
  • David Homeless sleeps out in the freezing  cold
  • Brian  a miracle deliverance      
  • David  needs surgery       
  • John   his needs      
  • Richard   God knows         
  • Anna   every thing goes well this week
  • Lenny  needs Jeans size 34
  • Ray family & friends Mom      
  • Lisa stay bright and beautiful      
  • George job change it to better,  wants to go to school
  • Elisa Family , Masa, HNA, Esteba      
  • Francis great week
  • Estell Vega family, niece, Gunilaughil, Juan, Husband Dominigo 
  • Walter  his needs      
  • Raymond healing cancer      
  • Andy  special week      
  • Kenny Thanks for back pack< pray for him as he goes to court
  • Nancy   self      
  • Eugene   his needs      
  • Lauren   has  stitches  in her head, Her x boy friend beat her up , pray for her healing and protection , she was in the hospital in  conn. and she was in a coma , she almost died
  • Jose   pray everything continues to go well with court & judge, so far it has worked out, he says praise God
  • Brian  family to stay safe
  • Gary   his needs      
  • Brian  the good Bad & the ugly and girlfriends & daughters, He needs a cane
  • Francis  Service men & women to come home safe
  •  Needs a queen bedspread or comforter and blanket, And Back pack
  • Willie  double  prayer
  • Joafuir   Health      
  • Robert   His kids      
  • Marie  Pray for her and her children
  • Terrance    Housing application in
  • Heather  Her boyfriend Jerry Got denied 5x for ssi and he is mentally disable, Because he had drugs in his back ground but has been clean for 2 years
  • Jose   Heart, self      
  • George  his needs      
  • Mike have a good day      
  • Lousie    Housing      
  • Ken peace in the world and a better year needs 2x flannel underware
  • Adrian Hurey   his needs      
  • L& R   God knows      
  • Ron  God knows      
  • Chris God knows       
  • G  finances
  • Bob   God knows
  • Morales Hunez   His needs      
  • All the homeless
  • Pastor’s & their family      
  • Church family and their family      
  • all who bless this ministry      
  • All ministries
  • All who are sick
  • Addictions to be broken      

Thank you and love & prayers from the Homeless & the Early Seekers.

God bless and have a great week


Hey, thanks for checking in!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The RIDC is wrapping up another year, and we have sooooo much to be thankful for. This has been a banner year a for the RI Dream Center and we have been given the opportunity to help more people this year than other year.

Today, we partnered with a number of local organizations for the largest Thanksgiving Day dinner we’ve ever been a part of.  A full turkey dinner with all the fixings and dessert was provided to RI’s homeless for free in a wonderful event this afternoon.

Many thanks to all the other volunteers who spent time organizing the event, setting up for the big day, driving the buses and picking the homeless up and then dropping them back off where they are staying, cooking all that wonderful food, serving graciously, greeting our guests, cleaning up throughout the event and setting the church back up after the event was over.   You did an amazing job.

Thank you, volunteers and sponsors of this event – you made this day possible.  Volunteers from the organizations below raised all the donations, did all the cooking, and supplied all the volunteers:

One guest I met (named Darnell) was so thankful for the meal…with a great big smile he told me, “My plate was so full, I couldn’t fit any more food on it!!!  I don’t want any more turkey an entire year!  Thanks so much!!!”

Some of our guests sleep at Harrington Hall, a men’s shelter on the ACI campus – Harrington Hall’s roof leaked pretty badly yesterday and into the night last night, and some of the guys told me their beds had gotten wet from the rain – and in this cold weather it makes it so much worse.  Apparently, Harrington Hall is partitioned off right now, with fewer open beds than normal.  I’m so glad we were able to bring some smiles to some faces today – especially knowing what they went through last night and what they have to look forward to tonight…

Thanks to all. I am truly sorry if I missed saying thanks to anyone…although from what I witnessed today, with so many volunteers coming together as one and acting as one cohesive unit, I’m pretty sure you aren’t worried about getting the proper credit…your satisfaction comes from within!

I know it really warmed the hearts of the volunteers to be able to come together as one group and serve the needy.

Thanks to all who support the RIDC throughout the year.  Please remember the churches and non-profits listed above this giving season, and please support those restaurants listed above this holiday season!!!

Hope you have as much fun today with your family as we did with ours!!!

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Well, Tuesday nights are cordoned off for me and my wife as “date night”, and we got to spend time together tonight filling backpacks for the homeless…

Every year the Dream Center hands out about 300 backpacks filled with winter necessities to the homeless in Providence, and tonight was the night they were filled.  This year we filled 301.

There are any number of people who have been working diligently all year to make this night a possibility, and to them I say thanks….and Saturday morning when the backpacks are finally given out to people who really need them – your whole year’s worth of hard work will come to fruition.

It was a little crazy at first when we got there – lots of work to do and soooo many opinions on which was the most efficient way to organize the stuffings and fill the backpacks…but once we finally got going we had a blast…all the volunteers ended up working as one cohesive unit within an hour and we were buzzing like super busy bees in a beehive…it was pretty cool, because even a couple of the volunteers were formerly homeless – it felt special working side-by-side with someone who used to need this backpack I held in my hand knowing that this year he is on the other side…this year he is helping fill it for someone else!

So, in closing, I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I enjoyed my date-night with my special someone!!!


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Hey!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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!!!


Didn’t get the chance to swing by but still want to donate?  No problem…you can donate anytime through the following link:

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:


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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