If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.— James 2: 8
Established in 1969 Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza, is a Diocesan community advocacy, parish outreach and social service assistance center located at 474 Broadway in Pawtucket. Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza services the parishes in the Blackstone Valley area (Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln and Cumberland) with special emphasis on those located in Pawtucket and Central Falls.
The center assists local parishes in their ministry to the poor and needy throughout the year through working with the parish outreach committees and personnel. Community advocacy is achieved through Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza’s participation and membership in community working groups as well as activities that promote and strengthen the community such as the Pawtucket Re-Entry Council and the Pawtucket Homeless Working Group.
Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza provides the following service programs:
- Emergency assistance of basic necessities such as utilities, prescriptions, rental/eviction prevention as well as referral services to local and state agencies
- Application processing for Bishop Tobin’s “Keep The Heat On” fund
- Immigration & Refugee Services
- Translation services
- Citizenship classes
- English as a Second Language classes
- Income Tax preparation and IRS VITA Filing program for low-income households with special emphasis on promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the ARRA Economic Stimulus Package
- Thanksgiving baskets for families through donations from private donors
- Christmas gifts for families through donations from neighboring parishes
- Outreach and applications for the Diocesan sponsored programs such as the Cabrini Fund and Respite Services
- Work with local college and university students to promote community service
- Internship site for students exploring career paths
- Back-to-school supplies for children returning to school in the fall
- Conduct the Annual Good Friday Walk to benefit the Dire Emergency Programs at Project Hope
- Site location for the Gabriel Project that provides services to new and expectant mothers
- Site location of the St. Mathias Ministry that reaches out to individuals struggling with substance abuse by providing coaching and one-on-one support as well as faith-based support from priests when needed
- The Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza National Grid Program. This program assists clients with funding to sustain their payments after other available assistance ceases. Clients receive weatherization assistance, participate in an energy efficiency class, and enroll in our Family Futures Financial Literacy Program.
- The Family Futures Financial Literacy Program is a six-week course with weekly one-hour sessions covering basic budgeting, basic banking, traps/pay day lenders, debt management, job training, and understanding utilities bills. In addition to the basic curriculum, participants also receive one-on-one mentoring from a financial coach. The Family Futures Financial Literacy Program is recommended to all clients who participate in our programs.
- Weekly office hours for SNAP outreach workers who assist clients with completion of SNAP (Food Stamp) applications.
A Catholic Charity Fund Member Agency, Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza also applies for and receives federal, state and private grant money to support its numerous activities.
Jim Jahnz, Coordinator
474 Broadway # 2
Pawtucket, RI 02860