WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — After 10 years in business, the non-profit organization, Peace & Providence, is closing.
The center in Warwick had many services including a food store, free hygiene items, and a hair salon. With the help of volunteers, it also offered services like computer training, cooking classes.
However, the non-profit said it partnered with another company and the business move did work out, leaving them with no option but to shut down.
“Back in March we notified them we didn’t want to do business with them anymore and we started to buy our own food, and we couldn’t keep up,” Peace & Providence President Justin Perreault said. “We’ve had doctors, politicians take advantage of our general store, its a way to help people save money on what I consider necessities.”
Community members said they love the outreach center and are sad to see it go.
“It’s amazing, it’s a food shelter, you can come and shop, it’s not like a food pantry where you get what they give you,” Jeanette Calder of Providence said.
Volunteer Donna Carbone said everyone – including volunteers and patrons – at the outreach center is like a family.
“The people that have come into the center that we’ve helped have been so grateful, so appreciative, so nice, it’s a sad day,” she said.
While everyone is grateful for what they provided, those who utilized their services face uncertainty.
“I am very depressed because it’s a great place. I don’t know, it’s going to be hard,” Calder said.
Perreault said they will still hold special events like their Thanksgiving food giveaway and Christmas toys for local kids.
Anyone looking for a new community outreach center can visit one of the following:
- Project Hand Up, Warwick
- Maratha Community Outreach, Providence