For two years, Laura called the doorway of an abandoned building in downtown Providence, “home.” She managed to stay safe in an unsafe situation, but was specifically harassed and targeted because she was homeless. Laura was looking for a more permanent solution, and it came in the form of a recommendation from a friend: visit PICA (formerly Providence In-Town Churches Association).
PICA is a non-profit agency who mission is to offer stability, justice, and hope to those in need through advocacy and direct service. After a few meetings, Laura and the Director of PICA built a relationship of mutual trust, and Laura agreed to engage in services. Winter was coming, and they worked together to connect to a women’s transitional program in Woonsocket. Laura was able to sleep with a roof over her heard for the entire winter, and get monthly bus passes.
Eventually, PICA and Laura were able to find her permanent housing in a lovely Victorian in Providence through the Providence Center Home Base program. Each time she visits PICA, Laura is becoming more and more open and relaxed. And she does a lot of writing and is looking forward to working again.
In 2015-2016, United Way of Rhode Island, with the help of donors, invested $527,000 in housing and homelessness programs, including Providence In-Town Churches Association.
Interested in learning more about PICA? PICA has been serving the needs of low-income and homeless people since 1974. They currently provide services to over 18,000 people each month at their three locations.