Crossroads RI is a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless in securing stable homes. This organization has been serving the homeless since 1894 and is the largest homeless service organization in RI.
Crossroads RI offers a range of services including housing, basic needs, shelter, case management, referrals, and education and employment services. As of 2016, this organization has helped 1,378 people secure housing, and provided shelter for 1,407 individuals.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point in Time report in December of 2017, which states that the homeless population in RI has increased by two percent. The report stated that there were 1,180 homeless people in Rhode Island, which is a 1.7 percent increase from 2016. It was also found that there are 95 homeless veterans in Rhode Island, three of which were unsheltered.
20 percent of children in RI are currently living in poverty. Luckily, Lincoln High School’s Life Society has worked to change that percentage and help get homeless people off the streets.
Life Society’s goal is to help homeless people through Crossroads RI and allow them to have a new start when moving into their new homes by creating “Welcome Home Kits” for homeless families.
These kits included new household items such as dishes, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, toilet paper, shower curtains, towels, toothpaste, dish soap, shampoo, pillows, utensils, and other items families would be able to use in their daily lives.
Life Society was able to collect over 100 items to donate, which will assist the homeless through Crossroads RI.
Life Society president Angela Kim says of Life Society, “Mrs. Lane and I are extremely proud of the outcome of our Crossroads drive. We are looking forward to helping out more people in the future through upcoming drives and events that will take place.”
She and Mrs. Lane, the advisor, are both excited to plan new events in the future that will continue to benefit the community in various ways.