Crossroads Rhode Island

Shelters Fill Up As Temperatures Drop

Dec 28, 2017
National Weather Service

New England faced a cold and blustery start to the day on Thursday, with temperatures just barely crawling out of the single digits, and the sun doing its best to warm the frozen ground. 

According to the National Weather Service, the wind chill in Providence measured as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.

RIPR File Photo

Rhode Island’s homeless population will be especially vulnerable as temperatures remain cold, and space in local shelters is already in short supply.

Shelters swell past capacity in the winter months.

Courtesy of the Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation is giving out $270,000 in grant money to five organizations working to improve health care in the Ocean State.

The Bottom Line: Women In Management

May 13, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Crossroads Rhode Island COO Michelle Wilcox, who discusses how women at her nonprofit helped her rise to the ranks of upper management.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Nosotros tiramos un montón de comida durante los días festivos. Más de lo habitual. La comida que termina en la basura no sólo perjudica nuestros bolsillos, pero también llena los vertederos, o rellenos sanitarios, despidiendo gases nocivos.

El Consejo de Políticas Alimentarias de Rhode Island (en ingles: Rhode Island Food Policy Council) lanzó un programa piloto a principios de este año, enseñando a la gente a reducir la cantidad de comida que tiran. Nuestra reportera ambiental Ambar Espinoza ensayo con el programa y tiene esta historia.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

We throw away a lot of food over the holidays. More than usual. We generate about 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Food that ends up in the trash can not only hurts our wallets, but also fills up landfills, sending off noxious gases. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council launched a pilot program earlier this year, teaching people how to cut down the amount of food they throw away. Our environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza gave it a try and has this story.

Flo Jonic / RIPR

A new report finds Rhode Island’s aging homeless population is growing rapidly.  According to Crossroads Rhode Island, the number of aging homeless adults increased 34 percent between 2010 and 2012, whereas total homelessness increased only ten percent. 

Terry Jones has been off the streets for six years but he still pinches himself over his good fortune. Jones, who’s 71-years-old, is a resident of the Harold Lewis House in West Warwick, a home providing single or twin occupancy rooms for disabled, aging homeless adults.