“Here, they welcome you if you are in need, and I have been in need.”
David has been homeless a few times. After a long illness, he was unable to work. When he moved into the West End neighborhood of Providence, and as he tries to get back on his feet, he needed food assistance.
A neighbor mentioned Federal Hill House, a member agency of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, so he checked it out.
David was anxious at first but he immediately felt comfortable when he walked through the door.
“Nowadays, it’s hard. Not too many people get that feeling, especially when they’re struggling.”
David immediately received an emergency supply of food like any first time visitor to the food pantry.
“I came in and said, ‘I don’t have anything. Is there any way you can help me out?’”
He applied to see if he qualified for regular assistance, and, with his limited income, he did and has been back to the pantry many times.
“I am so grateful for that help they’ve given me.”
David was so appreciative that he wanted to give back, so he started volunteering. The experience has changed his life.
“I like this. I want to be a part of it. This is where I need to be right now.”
Volunteering at the pantry is David’s first step to getting back to work. It’s helping to build his confidence and opening doors.
“I want to change. I want to be better. And this is the next step.”