Imagine Providence

Hear the voices of people boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence and explore how you can be part of the story.

  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    Based on the teachings of Paulo Freire, English for Action (EFA) facilitates English language learning as a tool for community organizing. By empowering the Spanish-speaking community to have a strong voice in Providence, EFA enables its students to push for the change they envision. People of all ages and literacy levels are welcome to join the movement being built in EFA's classrooms.

    Executive Director Cristina Cabrera describes what it feels like to belong to the EFA family.

    English for Action
  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    Captured in its name, OpenDoors strives for a community across Rhode Island welcoming and accepting of individuals regardless of their backgrounds. OpenDoors works with incarcerated indivudals prior to their release to develop a discharge plan and connects formerly incarcerated individuals with resources necessary for success to integrate these indivduals into the community. In addition to their efforts to reduce recidivism rates, OpenDoors catalyzes policy change to shape a state more accessible for those formerly incarcerated.

    Executive Director Sol Rodriguez describes how hard work has opened up opportunities and transformed the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals in Rhode Island.

    OpenDoors
  • September 2, 2014
    Imagine:

    Since its origin almost three decades ago with five people sitting around a kitchen table, DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) has grown into a powerful direct action organization. DARE provides its members with a powerful voice to tackle issue directly impacting them, including education, incarceration, and health care. DARE creates a community of people within Providence in which individuals can join together to campaign on behalf of each other.

    Vice-Chairperson Sheila Wilhelm tells the story of how DARE has successfully advanced the agenda of Providence residents through effective, grassroots efforts.

    DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality)
  • September 2, 2014
    Imagine:

    For almost 40 years, Sojourner House has been a powerful resource and advocate for victims of abuse in Providence. With weekly support groups in both English and Spanish, available shelter, and comprehensive educational programming, Sojourner House empowers members from the community of any age, race, gender, and culture to recognize and recover from abuse.

    Executive Director Vanessa Volz discusses how it is a safe space for victims of abuse and strives to make Providence a space safe from abuse.

    Sojourner House