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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 08-07-2019

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2 PAWTUCKET AUGUST 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION PAWTUCKET – Some of the city's homeless residents haven't taken a shower or changed their clothes since House of Hope's ACCESS- RI program closed its facilities at 185 Dexter St. on June 28. That span includes one very warm entire month of July, says Adrienne Marchetti, director of the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. "On the really hot days it gets pretty ripe in here," she said. Everyone continues to talk about how important it is for local home- less residents to regain access to a basic amenity, says Marchetti, but it's doing nothing to help the problem and it's not acceptable. Marchetti sent letters to public officials this week supporting Sen. Elizabeth Crowley's July 24 letter asking for something to be done. "It is with extreme distress and concern that I write to you today after reading The (Breeze's) July 24 article regarding the lack of shower space for the homeless who, in the past, used the facility at 185 Dexter St. in Pawtucket," wrote Crowley to mayors of Pawtucket and Central Falls. She said she was also forward- ing the letter to Senate President Dominick Ruggerio to see about gaining a small grant to help get through the process of finding a facility where the homeless can shower. She said she is asking Pawtucket and Central Falls legislators to sup- port the effort of getting a grant and is asking any public facility that works with the homeless to help find a permanent location for homeless residents to bathe and to keep cool during the extreme heat of summer. Shower programs in Providence are simply not an option for many of Pawtucket's homeless, said Marchetti. "Our folks have difficulty getting to Providence due to lack of money for the bus," she said. Bus tickets available for some ACCESS-RI programs are not included in the mobile Shower to Empower program, she said. "In a country as great as the United States, it is unacceptable that folks are denied the dignity and priv- ilege of taking a shower," she wrote to officials. "I invite you to come to our dining room during a meal as the odor, at times, is overwhelming. Our guests should not have to walk around like this." Local officials have said they're still working to help find a solution to the problem. "The city, through our homeless liaison, continues working in collab- oration with social service agencies with the hopes of finding a potential solution to showers for homeless individuals," said Wil Arboleda, spokesman for Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien in a statement. "While this is not a city function, we will continue supporting the groups who assist our homeless population." Crowley said on Tuesday that she has a meeting next week with home- less advocates, but has not yet heard back from any others she wrote to. The Breeze previously reported that Pawtucket Central Falls Development was ending its relation- ship with House of Hope's ACCESS- RI program to make way for new office space at 185 Dexter St. New temporary ACCESS-RI offices at 249 Roosevelt Ave. do not include showers for the homeless. Some of city's homeless haven't showered since June 28 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com JASMIN ANASTACIO BLACKISTON and ABIGAEL HALLWORTH, both of Pawtucket, have been named to the spring semester dean's list at Stonehill College. BRYANNA CLEMENTS, of Pawtucket, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Quinnipiac University. LEIANDRA WILSON, of Pawtucket, has been named to the spring semester dean's list at Saint Anselm College. EMILY BENOIT, of Pawtucket, has been named to the spring semester dean's list with high honors at the University of New Hampshire. JOSEPH TUMIDAJSKI, of Pawtucket, has been named to the spring semester dean's list with honors at the University of New Hampshire. COLLEGE NEWS Teen Graphic Novel Book Club meets PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Public Library's Teen Graphic Novel Book Club will meet Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon, in the Woolley Conference Room. Teens 12-18 are invited to sign up. The August book club's title is "Your Name, Volume 1," by Makoto Shinkai Mitsuha. Interested teens can check out a library copy at the Reference Desk. Call 401-725-3714 or email sbloom@pawtucketlibrary.org . Fogarty Manor Association announces Monday bingo PAWTUCKET – Fogarty Manor Association holds bingo every Monday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 6 p.m., at Fogarty Manor, 214 Roosevelt Ave. IN BRIEF Valley Breeze offices to close for Victory Day HOLIDAY DEADLINES The Valley Breeze office in Lincoln will be closed on Monday, August 12, 2019 in observance of Victory Day. The news, display and classified advertising deadline will move forward to Friday, August 9 at 3 p.m. Classified Line ads remain Tuesday, Agust 13 at Noon. 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