The Providence Village Newsletter: May 2019
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What is The Providence Village? A grassroots, community-based, non-profit network of mutual support for those of us who want to stay in our homes and neighborhoods as we grow older.
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
A Note from the Editor:
We are testing a new design for our Newsletter. We have increased the type size and simplified the layout to make it more readable on our digital devices. Let us know what you think! We welcome your feedback.
Thank you, Wendy Oliver
Executive Director Search

Story by Phil West & Wendy Oliver

The search for an executive director of Providence Village has stretched over the past two months and will soon be completed. The director will be responsible for many things, including the development of the Village Common, which will result in new villages in the state of Rhode Island. The executive director will work full-time out of our Hamilton House office.

Past-President Pat Mattingly sketched the selection process, begun last fall, to recruit an executive director. The first round of interviews was completed in March via Skype.  Then in April, the selection team (Jim Maxwell, Wendy Oliver, and Joe Fisler) chose three finalists.

During the last weeks of April, Board members interviewed the three finalists in 90-minute sessions and made recommendations to the Executive Committee. Watch for an announcement about our new executive director sometime in May.

A Day in the Life...
of a Providence Village Driver

Story by Eliza Sutton
Village Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
As many of you know, Providence Village Drivers are an extremely important aspect of The Providence Village.  Volunteer Drivers take members to their doctors’ appointments, transport them to social events, and drive them to the library or grocery shopping. In essence, we would not have the Village without our committed Drivers.

After Drivers are vetted and given a thorough orientation, they give us their availability, Monday through Friday, morning, midday and afternoon shifts.  When a Member requests a Driver for an appointment, an email is sent out to a selection of the available drivers for that timeslot. Whenever possible, at least 5 drivers are emailed for requests for the one appointment. Drivers respond to the email whether they are interested in taking the appointment, or they decline this particular appointment. 

I asked Mark Lawrence, one of our newest drivers, what his experience being a Driver is like. He receives many email requests for driving; it is up to him whether he wants to book an appointment on that day. When he does book an appointment, he calls the Member to confirm the appointment the night before, and tells them the make and color of his car, and what time he will pick them up.

When Mark picks the Member up at their home, Members are most often waiting for him.  He offers them assistance getting in the car, and off they go!  Mark proceeds to drop the Member off at their appointment, and depending on how long the appointment will take, he does a few errands, grabs some coffee, and swings back to pick the Member up to take them home.

I asked Mark what he likes best about being a Driver; he enjoys the personal interaction “…I’m truly helping an individual, not helping a company. I’m helping a person.” He enjoys chatting with Members, hearing their unique stories, and getting to know them.

Mark volunteers for several other organizations, and he and his wife share a car, so being a Driver gives him the flexibility that he needs to be a fantastic Driver!  
Interested in becoming a Providence Village Driver? Call Eliza Sutton, Providence Village Coordinator @ 228-8683 for more information.
Providence Village Services

Learn More About Our Offerings
Call our Service Coordinator - Eliza Sutton
Report from the Fundraising Committee

Story by Rosalind Ladd
 This month three contributions to the Providence Village were received from colleagues of one of our members in honor of his retirement .  Such a nice way to mark a special life event! Which gives us ideas for other contributions. Perhaps your family would like to make a contribution in your honor for Mother's Day, Fathers' Day, or birthday.
Looking ahead to the fund-raising evening at Flatbread on July 16. We are currently soliciting items for the raffle. Of particular interest are "enrichment or "cultural" prizes - theater, movie, or concert tickets, for example. Also very popular are "gastronomical" items: a bottle of wine, a restaurant meal, a fruit basket. 

Volunteers make the world go round and we need volunteers to make this event a success. Are there people to help solicit raffle donations? And some who can be on hand by 4 pm on July 16 to help set things up and from 5-9 to greet guests, sell raffle tickets, etc.?  Please contact to sign up or ask for more information. 
PV Health & Wellness Committee
Recommends Tai Chi

Tuesdays 10 am
Hamilton House
Interested in increasing your strength, balance, flexibility and peace of mind? Join Hamilton House's Tai Chi Class! The class is open to all; it costs $5 per class for Hamilton House members and $10 per class for non-Hamilton House members.  The class is on Tuesdays at 10 am (beginners will get an introduction at 9:30am).  Contact Eliza at 228-8683 for more information or to register.
Providence Village Social Committee's
Fifth Annual Picnic in the Park
At Colt State Park

Bristol RI
Save The Date!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
11:30am - 3:30 pm
Join us at this beautiful waterside spot for an afternoon of good conversation, food, fun and games. Bring your fishing pole or bike and any outdoor games you'd like to share. We have a variety of games, badminton and croquet.
We'll supply lunch, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert.
Benches are available, but bring your own blankets and chairs to sit on the grass.

to Ada Winsten:
DIRECTIONS:  From East Side: Take1-195 to EXIT 7. Follow RI 114 South through Barrington and Warren to Bristol.Continue along Hope Street in Bristol (RI-114 S) to the entrance of the Park (where you will see two bulls) on the right.Turn right into the park and then turn left along the water until you reach SHELTER #1

Lois Atwood

Providence Village member Lois Davis Atwood died peacefully on March 31, 2019 at Bethany Home, surrounded by family. She was born in Providence in 1923, raised in Georgia, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1944. She was a book reviewer for The Providence Journal, a theater reviewer, and eventually Head of the Publications Unit of the Charleston Navy Yard in South Carolina. She also worked at Brown University for 24 years at the University Press, and in the Religious Studies and HR Departments. (Reference: Providence Journal, April 2-5, 2019). She and husband Preston hiked many mountains together; she was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Barker Playhouse. She is survived by her two sons and three grandchildren, as well as her husband. Lois and Preston joined the Providence Village in November 2015 and were enthusiastic members and donors.

Lois’ memorial service was held on April 6, 2019 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Martin's Church, Orchard Ave., Providence 02906 or the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108  In case you want to write a note to Preston, the Atwood address is: 229 Medway Street, Apt. 103, Providence, RI 02906

Mary-Gael MacPhail
(also known as Gael)

PV member Mary-Gael died at age 72 on April 4, 2019 as a result of complications from COPD and diabetes. Her older sister Christine described Mary-Gael as an intelligent, family-loving woman with a sense of style, who appreciated art and literature. Mary-Gael leaves three sons, Jake, Devitt, and Nicholas, in addition to her brother Paul of Naples, FL, and her sister Christine of Milford, NH. Mary-Gael lived at Governor House in Providence. A memorial service was held at the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home on April 23. Condolences may be sent to: Christine Carter, 486 Nashua St., Milford, NH 03055.
PV Group Activities
By Jane Adler

Providence Village members and volunteers visited the Harvard Museum in Boston this past month. What a delight! Many of us saw paintings that we have never seen before in any other museum. As one of our members emailed me, “it was memorable.”
The Sunday dinners continue to be popular. We went to Twin Oaks restaurant in April. This restaurant has been an institution in Rhode Island. Many of us commented the restaurant hasn’t changed for over 50 years or so. Same good food, reasonable prices for many items, and most of all, large portions. Most everyone took home a big doggy bag. Best of all, we all had much time to talk. We have lots more activities this month; I hope to see you there.
Group Activities

May 2019
Join us!
Please register for all events
Friday, May 3 at 3:30pm
Meet for Coffee
Let’s get together at a local café and talk about our day and get to know each other. Dutch treat. Details on registration which closes May 1.

Friday, May 10 at 2:15 pm

Lunch Bunch
Lunch at the Providence Art Club on Thomas Street. Very reasonable prices. We welcome new people. Very friendly group. Dutch treat. Register by noon, May 7.

Monday, May 13, 3:30pm

Book Club
We are reading Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz. Private home. Free. 

Wednesday, May 15, 1:30 PM
RISD Museum
See the museum and the Gorham Silver show. Meet for coffee or tea after 
in RISD café, optional, dutch treat.
$20  for Museum entry fee and docent tour of the Gorham silver exhibit.
$12 for Museum entry fee and self guided tour of the Gorham silver exhibit. 
 Register by noon, May 12.

Sunday, May 19, 5pm
Our Fabulous Dinner Club
We are going to the 4 Seasons Restaurant, 361 Reservoir Avenue, Providence. This Asian restaurant serves Cambodian, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food. This very casual restaurant has long been known as serving good food at reasonable prices. Check the menu on the website.
Dutch treat.  (Providence Village transportation is not available on Sunday. We will try to car pool.)  Register by noon, May 17.
Wednesday, May 22, 9:30pm

Museum Trip
Free bus trip to The Institute of Contemporary Art
$13 museum fee (plus tip for driver.)
There is no lunch café, but there is a place to sit and eat your own bag lunch. They do sell coffee, tea, chips, etc. – or you might eat your lunch on the bus.Home around 3pm. Register by noon, May 19. 

Friday, May 31, 4:00 to 5:30pm

Wine and Cheese MEET & GREET
Come meet the members and volunteers of our Providence Village. Say hello to old friends and soon to be, new friends. We always have a good time. Win, cheese, dips, etc. and soft drinks. FREE. 
Register by Sunday May 26, 12pm.

Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to join Member Activities; please contact Jane Adler in advance.
A Note From Jane:
If you’d like to go to any of these activities, it would be appreciated if you would please register promptly to avoid being put on a wait list. Also, some of us have waited until the last minute to register and discover something we wanted to attend has been cancelled because of a lack of response.
Please register as soon as possible so we know how many are coming, and please let us know if you will not be attending after you do register to make room for another person. Thank you.  
All events are subject to rescheduling. Must register for all events.  
Please r
eply to: 
Upcoming Events
All Welcome - Free
Central Congregational Church - Fireplace Room
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.
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.

Social 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.
Volunteer Writers Needed
Providence Village Newsletter

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:
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. 
Link for INFO

Merchant Discounts
Village Members & Volunteers

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.

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!

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

visit our website: 

phone: 401-441-5240

We welcome your tax-deductible donations
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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