As the coordinator of a local Providence WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Clinic, I see low-income families struggling to navigate our broken social services system everyday. For too many people, living in an apartment with no lights or heat is a real fear- being evicted is a huge fear- and many have faced a problem they never thought they would: homelessness.
Though Rhode Island is home to a strong network of homeless shelters, Shelter space is a large and growing problem. Some of my most deeply saddening situations have been trying to help young mothers in domestic violence situations find space in women's shelters, and even in emergency situations, there is little to no space- they are told to call every morning, as the new list of empty beds come in. Some wait days, or weeks before finding a place they can finally feel is safe.
It is my hope to see this problem more concretely addressed in the coming years. By running United this October, I am confident our team can raise just a small amount of funds to help jumpstart this effort, but more importantly, to help bring awareness to this issue.
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