The Providence Village Newsletter: March 2019
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John Harkey Launches

Story & photos by Phil West

John Harkey hurls a shovel full of snow from PV member Diane Goldman’s sidewalk, then pauses to explain a new service he launched this winter. “We call it ‘snow helps,’” he says. “It’s an extension of other Providence Village programs that people need but can’t provide for themselves.”

“I needed a volunteer,” says Diane, a retired hospice nurse, “because of knee and hip problems.”

John admits that not many volunteers are both ready and able to shovel snow.

“It’s a strange feeling to ask for help,” says Diane, who serves as a medical advocate and service coordinator for the Providence Village. “I was reluctant to ask, but it felt good that someone wanted to help me.”

In their roles as service coordinators, John and Diane steer members’ requests to qualified volunteers. He also leads the team that assists with minor home repairs.

John expresses delight that a Pawtucket municipal program matches high school students with elderly residents. 
Link to Article

Each high school student is assigned for the season to one resident, so they can develop a relationship. He notes that the students receive “recognition from the City, a nice credential in their college application, and an opportunity to meet someone of another generation.”

A motto of the Village says: “Neighbors helping neighbors — a nonprofit network of mutual support.”

John Harkey has promoted this mutual help approach with several neighborhood associations. “We encourage those that don’t have volunteer programs to consider their elderly neighbors. Whether they volunteer through the Village or not is less important than that they provide support for neighbors who have needs.”

Word gets around. He recently received a telephone call from someone who lives in the northern part of Rhode Island. “Her situation is probably no different from people here.” He suggested ways the caller could find services she needs where she lives.

John speaks with infectious cheer. He and his wife, Ginger, joined the Providence Village several years ago. They particularly enjoy social events.

He takes personal satisfaction from helping Providence Village members live safely and independently in their homes. “They’re interested in relationships with people who help them,” he says. “They’re unfailingly appreciative of the help they receive.”

Diane Goldman appreciates that her sidewalk is clear and safe. “A big part of life,” she says, “is people being there for each other.”

Film at the Holocaust Education Center:
Persona Non Grata
SUNDAY, MARCH 24   2 - 5 pm
 Jewish Community Center
401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence


The Providence Village of Rhode Island and The Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center (Baxt Lecture Series) jointly present the Japanese film, PERSONA NON GRATA. It is the true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination.

Who was Sugihara? A Diplomat? A spy? A hero? Definitely a good man whose deeds were recognized in 1984 by Israel, which bestowed upon him the title of RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS and posthumously by Japan in 2000.

Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria, to his position as Japan's consul in Lithuania during WW II. Caught between the rigid policies of Japan, bound by a treaty with Nazi Germany and his moral awakening, Sugihara put his career and family at great risk by illegally issuing transit visas to thousands of Jewish refugees to help them escape to Japan.


Be sure to Register with Ada Winsten,
Providence Village Social Events Chair


All welcome - Free
at the
Central Congregational Church - Fireplace Room
Thursday, March 21, 2pm
Planning for Medical Care at the End of Life: How to Make Advance Decisions and Make Them Stick!
Pat Gifford MD, Pat Mattingly MD, and Beth Levow 

Upcoming Programs - Save the Dates!
Thursday, April 18
Update on Alzheimer’s Research
Guests, Charles Denby & Theresa Fogarty, Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center at RI Hospital, Diane Strommer

Thursday, May 16
Research Study: Monitoring Health with the Apple Watch

Guests, Dr. Elizabeth Goldberg and Dr. Jennifer Mammen, Miriam McRobb and Jerianne Berman

Thursday, June 20
Essential Apps and How to Use Them

A workshop for all levels, including non-tech users, Ronda Umphrey.
After a summer break in July and August, meetings resume on September 20 with our fall schedule.  Sylvia Danforth serves as the Coordinator of the program and can be reached through Hamilton House. All welcome! Free.
Fundraising Committee Update

by Anne Connor
Our success this year is due to the diligent work of the Fundraising Committee:  Anne Connor, Deborah Dunning, Suzanne Francis, Rosalind Ladd, Pat Mattingly, Bonnie Ryvicker, and Terry Percelay.  

Please contact the office if you are interested in joining our committee.

We thank you for your financial support!  Every member of the Providence Village community benefits from the gifts of generous donors.
Village Members Create Paper Lanterns

Story & Photos
by Jane Adler

On Tuesday, February 19, the Providence Village and friends at Hamilton House participated in a joint program presentation by the members of the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.

Four beautiful ladies wearing gorgeous handmade Korean clothing were on hand to help us make lovely lotus flower lanterns using colorful paper and wire frames.
A short documentary film on the Korean artistic tradition was shown as an introduction, plus a short film of the meaning of the lotus flower.At the end, we were all provided with a plate of delicious traditional Koreanrefreshments and offered free books of our choice on Korean arts.
This was a very well attended event, and everyone, without exception, said enthusiastically- it was “a winner.”  We decided we would do this again next year. Don’t miss it!
Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to join Member Activities; please contact Jane Adler in advance.
Ways to Volunteer!
The Providence Village needs you!
There are many opportunities to volunteer. Training is provided for each job, and the schedule is under your control. Here are the job descriptions:
Home Help: Household Chores and Handy Help

Village Friends: Provide regular check-in calls, longer friendly phone calls, or in-person visits to members.

Member Group Activities: Help plan and assist small group social, cultural and educational activities.

Technical Support:  Assist members with computers, phones, TV remotes, i-pads, and other devices.

Driver:  Take members to and from doctors’ appointments, shopping, and errands. The schedule is flexible.

Service Coordinator: Take phone calls from members to coordinate services for them. This can be done from your home. 

To volunteer, please call us at 401-441-5240.


Merchant Discounts

Village Members

All Providence Village members are eligible for merchant discounts from restaurants and stores on the East Side of Providence. Please show your member card in order to receive the discount.  Participating merchants are listed below. If you take advantage of the discount, please let the merchant know that we appreciate their support!  Thank you.

Business Discounts
for Village Members & Volunteers
With Your Village ID Card
You Get 10% Discounts at the following locations

click on name for website details
268 Thayer St
Kabob & Curry
261 Thayer St
Meeting Street Café
220 Meeting St.

Pasta Beach Restaurant
195 Wayland Ave
727 East Ave


Venda Ravioli Grocery & Restaurant
265 Atwells Ave

D’Ambra Sunoco
438 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)

East Side Shell
1100 Hope St
(Discount on auto servicing and tires)
(Can be added to a AAA discount for greater savings)


Palomino Gifts
247 Rochambeau Ave

Rhody Craft
769 Hope St

Evolve Apothecary & Spa
769A Hope St

Henry Bear's Park
736 Hope St

Stock Culinary
756 Hope St

Support our
Participating Businesses!
We are inspired by neighbors helping neighbors

We are committed to an inclusive, community-based network of mutual support

We call our endeavor
The Providence Village
Volunteer Writers
Needed for

Providence Village

Please help us cover the PV news and keep our readers informed!
Write an assigned article on a monthly or occasional basis, and contribute your own ideas to the mix. 
For more details, please contact Wendy Oliver, Editor:

Providence Village/
Village Common
Executive Director

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning Feb. 22

for full details

Spring Fling!
Wine & Cheese
March 20 


Hamilton House
Join us!

Say hello to friends and have a good time. Wine, cheese,  chocolate, soft drinks.


Volunteers & Friends Welcome

Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to attend.

Register with Jane Adler
by Mon, March 18, 12 pm.

please leave your name and phone number. 

Holocaust Education
Center presents 

Persona Non Grata

March 24
See details in article.

please register


Members and Volunteers - Call now for help with snow removal.
Village volunteers are available to help you find a resource that fits your needs. Call the office at 401-441-5240  or email 
 and a volunteer will respond shortly. 

PS: if you live in Pawtucket there is a free volunteer snow removal program available - contact Beth Roberge 401 728 0500 ext. 241 or email:

Or if you live in the area served by the Summit Neighborhood Association, roughly bounded by Rochambeau north to Hillside, North Main east to Elmgrove, you may write to the Summit Neighborhood Association’s Snow Brigade for help from volunteers. 



Join us!

Please register for all events
  • Ask the Experts: How to Prepare for Selling Your House Without Stress
    Tues March 5
    4 - 5:30pm

    You are cordially invited to join us for an informative, interesting and friendly discussion: "Ask the Experts: How to Prepare for Selling Your House Without Stress." Experts from both the firms of Lila Delman and Residential Properties will  be here to answer all your questions. Hamilton House. Refreshments. Free. 
  • Movie Day 
    Thur March 7  TBA

    We are going to the Avon Cinema on Thayer Street. (As soon as the Avon lets us know what the movie is, we will tell you.)  Dutch Treat.
    Please register

  • Dinner Club
    Sun March 10  5pm

    Our fabulous Dinner Club. This month we are meeting at Jacky's Waterplace & Sushi Bar, 200 Exchange St. (Free valet parking)  This is a  beautiful contemporary riverside restaurant with a Pan-Asian fusion menu. We have a great time. (Please go online for pictures of the restaurant, menu and prices -  Register in advance.
  • Book Club
    Mon March 11  3:30pm
    We are reading "Still Life" by Louise Penny
    Private home - If you'd like, please bring simple snacks to share. 
    Free. Please register.

  • Breakfast Club
    Tues March 12  10am
    Breakfast and conversation, coffee or full breakfast. Dutch treat.
    Please register.

  • Brown Bag Lunch
    Tues March 19, 12:00pm

    Join Dr. Tatiana Holway, author of The Flower of EmpireDid you know that the Victorians' passion for flowers affected the course of history itself? Don't miss this richly illustrated presentation. Bring your lunch and sit together at a PV table. Please register so I can save your seat. Free.
  • Spring Fling 
    Meet & Greet
    Wed March 20, 4 -5:30pm

    Come celebrate Spring with us, Wine and Cheese, Meet and Greet. Free. 
  • Brown Bag Lunch
    Tues March 26, 12:00pm

    Join us for the third annual, LLC "Celebrate Ourselves." Three LLC members, a photographer, a writer and a painter will discuss their work. All that plus cookies. 
    Bring your lunch and sit together at a PV table. Please register so I can save your seat. Free.
  • Lunch at the Art Club
    Fri March 29, 12:00pm

    Lunch at the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street. Very reasonable prices. Very friendly group who love to meet new people. Register by March 18. Dutch Treat.
All events are subject to rescheduling. Must register for all events, including Wine & Cheese Gatherings. Check email invitations for details, reply to Jane Adler and please leave your phone number:

* For weekend and evening activities, members may need to provide their own transportation or carpooling.

IMPORTANT: To assure that I received your email registration for any activity, make sure you receive a "thank you" email from me.
Social Events
Seeks New Members!
This committee plans the annual Colt State Park picnic and other events. Would you like to help? You need not be a member of the Providence Village to join the committee.
If you are interested, please contact:
Ada Winsten - 274-4717
or email
Providence Village
Board of Directors 
Jim Maxwell, President
Suzanne Francis, President Elect
Pat Mattingly, Past President
Anne Connor, Secretary
Gary Leib, Treasurer
Jane Adler
Tony Allen
Lenore Bunting

Deborah Dunning
Joe Fisler
Bonnie Ryvicker
Terry Percelay
Peter Viner-Brown

Phil West
Laura Young

Providence Village
Advisory Council
Deborah Dunning
Barry Fain
Jay Glasson
Beverly Ledbetter
Lynette Lopes
Marcus Mitchell
Herbert Rakatansky
Dan Siegel
Barbara Sokoloff
Bill Twaddell
Phil West
Learn more about our new offerings
Call our service coordinators
Amazon Smile Program
The Providence Village now belongs to the Amazon Smile program. This program donates a small percentage of sales to various charitable organizations. Shop at and a percentage will go back to the Providence Village. See link for further information. 

Age Friendly RI
Check out the website for Age Friendly RI. They have lots of very helpful information about us “older adults” in RI.
click here
The Providence Village

Our Mission
The mission of the Providence Village is to create a community of mutual support, so that we can live rich, full lives in our homes and neighborhoods.

Our Vision
The Providence Village will provide a single source of access to programs and services that support a healthy, safe and satisfying life for our members.

Our Core Values
Generosity, Diversity, Engagement, Collaboration, Sustainability

Newsletter Staff:   Editor:  Wendy Oliver    
Writers:  Jane Adler, Vivian Malloy, Wendy Oliver, Diane Strommer, Phil West   
Photography:  Phil West, Jane Adler
Obituary Assistance:  Anne Connor, Amy Webb, Phil West
Design:  Amy Webb - Mockingbird Design

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email:          phone: 401-441-5240

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Please make your checks payable to The Providence Village.
The Providence Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mailing address is: 276 Angell St. Providence RI 02906 
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