The Providence Village Newsletter: August 2018
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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.
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HomeHaven Visits the Providence Village
Story by Cy O'Neil & photos by Phil West

On Saturday evening July 28th, the Providence Village Board hosted a visit to Providence by members of HomeHaven of New Haven, Ct. for an evening of conversation, food and WaterFire.  HomeHaven is of particular interest to the Providence Village Board because it is a group of six Villages in the greater New Haven area, operating under a single organizational umbrella called HomeHaven.  The Providence Village Board is interested developing a similar organization to promote the growth and sustainability of the Village movement here in Rhode Island.
HomeHaven visitors included Laurie Lowell, HomeHaven Executive Director; Peggy Atherton, HomeHaven Board president; Board members Jane Jervis and Patty Langdon; and retired Executive Director Bitsie Clark. The Providence Village contingent was composed of sixteen current and past Board members.

The evening began with a panel discussion that explored three topics:
  • How HomeHaven transitioned from a single Village, the East Rock Village of New Haven, to a larger umbrella organization, HomeHaven, supporting East Rock and five additional Villages.
  • How the six Villages participate in the management and governance of HomeHaven and what is the role of their Executive Director.
  • How they go about supporting the creation of new Villages.
This was followed by a buffet dinner and smaller conversations on topics such as how member benefits and services are provided in a multi-village organization; how members and volunteers are recruited; and lessons learned in their very successful fundraising campaigns.
Then to top off the visit, HomeHaven guests were treated to the sights and sounds of an evening at WaterFire at Waterplace Park in Providence.

Said Jim Maxwell, president of the Providence Village Board, “The visit by the HomeHaven leadership team was a wonderful opportunity to hear the story of how a Village that began as a small, single-neighborhood Village was able to grow into an organization consisting of six Villages spread across multiple neighborhoods and communities. I found it a very energizing evening.”

“It was really great hearing about how HomeHaven developed,” said Providence Village Board member Laura Young. “There were just so many lessons learned along the way.  It was really interesting.”

“I was really stunned by the wisdom and sensibility of the people from HomeHaven,” remarked Providence Village Board member Phil West.  “It gives me great confidence that we are in touch with and learning from HomeHaven as we find our way forward.
Stay tuned for future developments as the Providence Village Board looks for partners interested promoting the growth and development of the Village movement here in RI, by learning from and adapting what the members and leadership of HomeHaven have accomplished.
Fundraiser At Flatbread Company
Story & photos by Jane Adler
Our first Providence Village fundraising event at Flatbread Company on Cushing Street was a success! A HUGE success. "It was way beyond my expectations," says Anne Connor, one of the co-Chairs of the Fundraising Committee.

Providence Village filed an application with Flatbread two years ago (Flatbread donates a portion of its sales every Tuesday to a charitable organization.) "We knew it was our time about six months ago."

Although it was a rainy, humid evening, the turnout was spectacular. The Flatbread Company manager estimated 250 to 300 people were there. "I was pleased at how many attended the event. Our social media was effective - our email encouraging members to invite friends and family to join us, worked. We filled the room, and there were people who couldn't come, who sent donations,” said Anne. All told, the fundraiser brought in about $2,000.

Providence Village received credit for anyone who dined there that evening or ordered out. "We were really lucky," Anne said. "Just on that day, another organization decided to have a dinner meeting at Flatbead, and all the sales from that group also benefitted the Providence Village."

One of the highlights of the evening was our raffle. "We were very happy to offer 20-plus raffle prizes," Anne said. "We printed 1,000 tickets and completely sold out." Prizes included an intricate print by a well-known, former RISD professor; tickets to Trinity Square Theatre, the Gamm Theatre, RI Philharmonic Amica Rush Hour Series, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum; memberships to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Hamilton House, and Dwares JCC. Services prizes included a garden consultation, a logo design and a ride to the airport. Also among the prizes was a gift certificate to Rasoi Indian restaurant, bottles of wine and more.

Announcing the winners for the raffle was Peter Viner-Brown. Selecting the winning tickets was the charming Madeleine Murphy, the eleven year old granddaughter of Susan Francis.

Anne wants to thank all who attended and all who helped with this event, especially co-chairs of the PV Fundraising Committee, Deborah Dunning, and the Flatbread Event Team, Terry Percelay, Martha Tuttle and Nicky Nichtern.

Providence Explorers

Story & photos by Diane Strommer
Our next meeting is Thursday, September 20 from 2 to 3:30 in the Fireplace Room at Central Congregational Church.  New participants are always welcome to join this lively group.

Founded in March 2018, the group is both a collaboration between Hamilton House and The Providence Village and an affiliation with other Longevity Explorers Circles, primarily based in California.  With compatible missions, the circles post topics and audio clips from their meetings on the website and address issues in common when relevant. 

In the three meetings held since our founding, we have shared information about helpful gadgets from package openers to magnetic jewelry clasps, to electronic personal assistants.  We have discussed and documented the challenges we perceive in retaining our independence, and have begun to research our options.  We have conducted a survey to document our skills or our lack thereof in working with new technologies, we have heard from Captain John Alfred of the Rhode Island State Police about protecting ourselves from scams.  

This fall we will begin studying the various housing options available in our area from aging in place to co-housing, continuous care retirement communities, and assisted living.  We will discuss the role of adult children and other relatives in our planning.  We are also exploring and testing apps and other technologies like electronic personal assistants and medical alert systems to enrich our lives and retain our independence.

We have volunteered to participate in an NSF grant proposal on “Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Psychosocial Support in Elderly Populations,” which has recently been funded, and we seek other opportunities to serve as a focus group for research or product development.  

You can learn more about our meetings and hear some of our discussions on the Longevity Explorers section of the website.  And do join us on September 20 at 2 p.m. for our first fall meetings.  Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.

Providence Village Social Events Committee Presents:
Cybersecurity in Our Elections
Open to All

Sunday, September 23    2pm
First Unitarian Church of Providence
One Benevolent Street, corner of Benefit & Benevolent
On Sunday, September 23,  Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State, will moderate a panel discussing our election security systems at the First Unitarian Church of Providence on Benefit Street & Benevolent.
The panel will look at transparency and accountability to fight the new challenges our democracy faces from cybersecurity threats. Many of the problems we see today were non- existent just three years ago.
These new challenges require an ongoing and consistent commitment from those dedicated to fighting these threats. We must continue to secure our election from foreign interference. Question and answer period will follow. It will be an interesting afternoon and we hope you will join us.
Refreshments will be served.

Member Group Activities
Story & Photos by Jane Adler

Don't miss another chance to explore our city! Take a River Boat Ride, on the calendar for Monday August 6th. Sign up soon, by August 3rd. Join us for Member Group Activities, a wonderful way to have a great time and meet new, friendly people. Just a very few of the things we do include visiting museums, attending lectures, going out for lunch, attending book club, and meeting for breakfast. Many more things are planned for this summer including a boat ride, an ice cream, family time social, and the newly formed “Let’s go out for dinner,” group. Many of our events fill up quickly, so please register as soon as you can.
Invite a Friend
Friends interested in learning more about the Village are welcome to join Member Activities; please contact Jane Adler in advance.
Please join us at our next Member Activity. We have a lot of fun and it's a great opportunity to meet others who want to meet you, too. Some new faces join in at events each month.
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.

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
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
Check out the current
art exhibit
at the Atrium Gallery
First Unitarian Church
of Providence

Jane Adler


One Benevolent Street
at the corner of Benefit.
through August 31
open M - F    9 - 4:00pm
Member Group
Join us!
  • Concert Under the Elms
    Thurs Aug 2, 6:30pm
    John Brown House, 52 Power St
    10$ or Free to RI Historical Society Members
    Music by the Driftwoods, BYO chair, blanket and/or picnic. A food truck will also be available. Dutch treat. Please register so we can sit together.

  • Providence River Boat Ride
    Mon Aug 6   12 noon

    Take a River Boat ride, special rate of $10, and optional lunch at 1:00pm at Tel Aviv restaurant. Dutch treat. (Come for either or both.) Reservations close Friday, Aug 3, 12pm. These events fill quickly!

  • Dinner Club
    Sun Aug 12  5pm
    Join us for our fabulous Dinner Club. We are going to Machupicchu Restaurant II on Chalkstone Avenue.  (For menu and prices, click here.)
  • Potluck BBQ
    Wed Aug 15, 12pm
    Join us for a potluck picnic food barbecue lunch in a PV member’s backyard. Rain date, Thursday, August 16. Space limited. Registration closes on Monday, August 13.
  • Lunch at the Art Club
    Fri Aug 24, 12:15pm
    Please come and see why everyone enjoys  this time together. Very reasonable prices. Dutch Treat. Beautiful location on Thomas Street. 
All events are subject to rescheduling. Must register for all events. 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. All activities subject to change.
Thank you!
Many thanks to the following individuals and businesses that donated raffle prizes for our fundraiser: 
Jane Adler, Suzanne Francis, The Gamm Theater, Peter Viner-Brown, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Nicky Nichtern, Pat and Marcia Mattingly Town Wine & Spirits, Jewish Alliance, Jephry Floral Studio, Tina Miller, Joe and Bobbi Fisler, Gasbarro's Wines on Atwells Avenue, Laura Young, Anne Connor, H. Philip West, Jr., Three Sisters, Nikki's Liquors and Like no Udder.
We greatly appreciate the many contributions to our event, which helped make it a special evening!

Providence Village
Board of Directors 
2017 - 18
Jim Maxwell, President
Suzanne Francis, President Elect
Pat Mattingly, Past President
Anne Connor, Secretary
Gary Leib, Treasurer
Jane Adler
Tony Allen
Lenore Bunting

Anna Cerutti
Deborah Dunning
Joe Fisler
Suzanne Francis
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
New Board Member Profile
Lenore Bunting
Lenore Bunting is originally from the Philadelphia area, and has degrees from Syracuse, Harvard and Northeastern Law.  Lenore has worked in New York State & in Michigan as a Juvenile Probation Officer, in Massachusetts for the Disability Law Center focusing on Special Education Advocacy and in private practice in the Juvenile Courts.  In between, she worked for the RI Disability Law Center as the policy specialist for an Assistive Technology project. She has served on various boards including YWCA, League of Women Voters and Temple Beth El.
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. 

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!

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:  Ann Connor, Amy Webb, Phil West
Design:  Amy Webb - Mockingbird Design

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email:          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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