We’re in for a wild week in the weather department. The forecast is for rain today with a high of 48. But by tomorrow the high will plunge into the teens. One population that is most vulnerable during these cold snaps is the homeless.
Story Corps, the organization that collects the voices and histories of people across the country is in Rhode Island.
It is a chance for homeless residents across the state to tell their story.
In the offices of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, pairs of Rhode Islanders interviewed each other. One of them had experienced homelessness, and they talked about their lives on the streets.
Richard Staples interviewed Don Larson, a man who was homeless when he was 16-years-old.
It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about another nonprofit in financial trouble. Advent House – the state’s first homeless shelter – is without a director because it can’t afford one. John Hope Settlement House is bleeding $30,000 a month. And the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence has laid off a third of its staff.
A service was held in Providence Wednesday to honor all the homeless people who died in 2012. The service was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The names of 44 individuals were read and candles were lit in their memory. A 45th candle was also illuminated in case they missed anyone.