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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-08-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 8-14, 2019 LETTERS / THE VALLEY 19 LUMEN GENTIUM From Page 5 than 30 countries around the world. Continuing the work of Saint Jeanne Jugan, their mission is to "offer the neediest elderly of every race or reli- gion a home where they will be wel- comed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself." To provide for the needs of the elderly, Saint Jeanne Jugan walked the roads of Britttany seeking alms. Knocking on doors, she asked for money and gifts in kind –whatever was needed for her poor. Just as Jeanne Jugan was recognized by her begging basket, today's beg- ging Little Sisters are know by the van in which they make their daily rounds visiting businesses and markets ask- ing for food and other commodities to help offset operating expenses. On weekends, they visit local parishes to ask for support. North Scituate Baptist Church May Breakfast is May 18 SCITUATE – North Scituate Baptist Church, 619 West Greenville Road, will hold its 125th annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 18, from 8 to 11 a.m. The family- style menu includes eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, R.I. johnnycakes, and beverages. For more information, call 401- 647-3238. The date of the breakfast was list- ed incorrectly in the May Breakfast article that ran in the Spring in the Valley special section on April 25. LETTER PROVIDENCE – The Providence VA Medical Center and the Veterans Benefits Administration's Providence Regional Office are hosting a joint veterans town hall meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 15, at the Providence VMAC, 830 Chalkstone Ave. Leadership from the Providence VAMC, VBA RO and the Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs will provide updates and respond to questions from the audience dur- ing the meeting, which will be in the 5th floor auditorium of the main hospital. PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Family YMCA and Woonsocket YMCA joined other branches around the nation in addressing childhood drowning, and children from these areas will be able to apply for 150 scholarships that will help pay for swim and water safety lessons. The Y's are launching Safety Around Water, a program to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America's youth with access to water safety lessons. According to data from the USA Swimming Foundation, 64 percent of African American children and 40 percent of Hispanic children can not swim. Through Safety Around Water, parents and caregiv- ers will be encouraged to help their chil dren learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the eight-day course, chil- dren will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations, from how to reach the water's surf ace if they sub- merge to safely reaching a pool's edge or exiting any body of water. Families interested in learning more about swimming and water safety classes should visit ymcapaw- tucket.org . PAWTUCKET-The Empowerment Factory and The Pawtucket School Department will present an Empowerment Concert performed by The New Providence Big Band for students of Goff Junior High School on Wednesday, May 15, at 1 p.m. The Empowerment Factory, a Pawtucket-based nonprofit provid- ing educational programs for youth that focus on creativity, self-esteem and civic pride, wants to convey how music can be a strong motivat- ing factor toward success. The songs selected for the concert will be centered around themes of empowerment, over - coming adversity and celebrating diversity. In preparation for the con- cert, students are being asked to use their Chromebook skills to research the life challenges, cultural influences and musical works of several featured artists. Fo r more information, visit www. theempowermentfactory.org . Veterans Town Hall Meeting May 15 YMCA of Pawtucket announces Safety Around Water program Pawtucket students celebrate diversity with a big band concert Reflect on the challenges too many Rhode Islanders still face to access a safe, decent home they can afford. At the Central Falls and Pawtucket Housing Authorities, daily low- income individuals and families are facing barriers to obtaining afford- able housing opportunities within their home communities. We need to better address the hurdles pre- venting many from finding a place to call home. Low-income Rhode Islanders face many obstacles to accessing hous- ing including the rising cost of rent and a shortage of apartments - espe- cially affordable ones that are close to critical resources like transit, jobs or family and friends. But did you know that many Rhode Islanders also must overcome discrimination for the very resources they rely on to make their housing cost afford- able? It's called source of income discrimination and, unlike in Massachusetts and Connecticut, it's perfectly legal in Rhode Island. Whether you rely on a housing rental assistance voucher, social security, veteran benefits or other non-wage source of income, many low-income tenants in Rhode Island find that the doors to housing they can truly afford are closed to them because many landlords simply refuse to consider them as tenants. Southcoast Fair Housing, an orga- nization that works to end housing discrimination in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, recently completed a report on Source of Income discrimination in Rhode Island. They found that over 80 per- cent of landlords listing apartments 'that rental assistance voucher hold ers could afford, refused to consider prospective tenants solely because they rely on a voucher to pay rent. Between the high cost of housing and income discrimination, voucher holders are barred from 93 percent of advertised apartments in Rhode Island. Far too many residents speak about the difficulty of finding a place to live that meets the needs of their family. Often, we hear about the lack of safe and affordable plac es that will accept their voucher. We wish all Rhode Islanders had equal oppor- tunity to live in their commu nity of choice. It is about time that Rhode Island joined our New England neighbors in ending source of income dis- crimination. Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to do just that {HS 13 7 / S0331). All renters deserve to be considered for housing on their own merits, not because they rely on resources that are a critical part of our safety net to pay the rent. We urge the General Assembly to pass this important leg- islation. 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