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Save the date: our annual awards breakfast is going virtual on Friday, October 23rd at 10 a.m.
Join us in celebrating the courageous individuals and organizations who have lead us through, and continue to lead us through, the coronavirus response. Unfortunately, due to social distancing protocols, this year's event will be BYOB (bring your own breakfast!), and it will be streamed live!
2020 Award Recipients
Senator Jack Reed Advocacy Award
Continuum of Care Planner
Rhode Island Housing
Sister Judy Soares & John Coen Memorial Award for Direct Service
Nancy R. Kelly
RI Statewide Outreach & SOAR Specialist
Better Lives RI, Thrive Behavioral Health, & SOAR Works
Sister Carol McGovern Memorial Award
Sara Melucci, MSW
Outreach Program Manager
House of Hope CDC
Project Weber Renew
Colleen Daley Ndoye, Executive Director
About the event
Join the Coalition for our newly-virtual Annual Awards Breakfast. This year's Awards Breakfast has been deemed "A Celebration of Courage" as a way to recognize the strength and resiliency of service providers, advocates, and constituents within the homelessness system during a challenging and uncertain time.
This year's event will include remarks from Governor Raimondo, Senator Whitehouse, and Senator Reed, as well as a State of Homelessness presentation from the Coalition's Executive Director Caitlin Frumerie, statements from individuals with lived experience of homelessness, and the acceptance speeches of our awardees.
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Housing & Homelessness System
The 325 families and 730 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given night are now facing new challenges to their most basic of daily routines because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These individuals and families are at a higher risk for death due to COVID, but often remain in congregate environments out of necessity.
At the same time, families are trying their best to complete distance learning; even while staying in a car or shelter. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed ever part of our work too, and it's meant that we have to fight harder for basic needs like water and restrooms.
And yet, in the face of these new challenges, the homelessness & housing system has continued to serve it's constituents; adapting along the way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of constituents, providers, and advocates alike. We are thankful for each person in our system and for our collective efforts to grow community power and build better, stronger systems for all who experience homelessness.