West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation Quarterly Newsletter Dec. 2017

Quarterly Newsletter December 2017


Sankofa WIC Center Opening Soon!

Since the compilation of the West End Community Food Security Assessment, WEH has developed the Sankofa Initiative to address the economic and nutritional inequities of the neighborhood. Sankofaprojects have included Apartments, a Farm, a Community Kitchen, a World Market and now Sankofa WICCenter to service the West End. The Sankofa WIC Center will serve the 02903, 02907 and 02909 zip codes on the West End of Providence. The total population of this project area is estimated at 81,813, with 1,800 or 10.78% of the population currently unserved by WIC. A neighborhood WIC Center will increase local access to and redemption of WIC benefits and be an opportunity to build relationships with local families around food access, nutrition education and economic wellbeing.

Nutrition education:
Nutrition-related health services will be offered to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under five years of age with household incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. A qualified nutritionist will conduct one-on-one meetings, particularly for high-risk participants. During regular client meetings, the nutritionist will provide nutrition care plans and collect medical data with equipment provided by the Department of Health.

Nutrition education will also be available in group workshops or cooking classes. Classes on healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate cooking will involve WIC clients as well the larger community. Partnerships with potential culinary partners have been established for programming at the Sankofa World Market and will be expanded with the development of the Community Kitchen. Nutrition classes at three Sankofa sites will provide culturally appropriate resources to the diverse community we serve.

The Sankofa WIC Center will create policies and procedures to ensure breastfeeding support and assistance for clients throughout the prenatal and postpartum period. All WIC staff will be trained to strongly encourage breastfeeding among participating mothers. This promotion and support may come in the form of counseling, breastfeeding educational materials, or breastfeeding aids such as breast pumps or breast shells.

Rent RIte

Rent RIte is a series of two classes that last an hour each, and a one-on-one session. These classes help people with the process of applying for and maintaining affordable housing. Topics covered in this class include Fair Housing laws, tenant-landlord relations, and managing credit. This class is for people on the West Elmwood waitlist, but can also be taken by anyone in the community looking to learn more about the rental process. Classes begin in 2018– to register for classes or for any other questions email dresendes@westelmwood.org


New Year-New Home!!!
Fulfill your New Year’s resolution by coming to learn what it takes to become
a home owner and Make Your Dream a reality this year with a New Home!

Education classes will begin again in January, so call one of our Housing Counselors and get enrolled in the workshop!!

Home Buyer’s Ed (Spanish): Every Thursday from 1/18 – 2/8  6pm-8pm
Fast Track (English) Saturday 1/20  9am-1pm
More dates to be announced.

Coming Soon eHome services access classes at your own convenience for $99 with our coupon!

Housing Counselors:

                             Antoine Boyer                                               Ineida Rocha (spanish)
401-453-3220 ext. 16                                     401-453-3220 ext. 101
aboyer@westelmwood.org                          iroacha@westelmwood.org


Sankofa Greenhouse construction has resumed and will be complete before the new year.

Much appreciation to the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and the LASA Grants Program. Our Community Kitchen at Sankofa is complete.

The Sankofa Community Kitchen will provide a critical resource for Sankofa residents and the broader West End neighborhood by providing a platform to address the economic development disparities in our community.

West Elmwood Board Members
Employees Celebrate the holidays

The night was filled with great food from Sistas on the Run, dancing, great conversation, and Holiday cheer.





Ineida Rocha

Meet Ineida, the new Sankofa WIC Coordinator, Breastfeeding Councilor, and Housing Counselor at West Elmwood. She is a passionate community builder from Cape Verde who speaks 5 languages!!Ineida is excited to contribute her energy, comedic spirit, and mindfulness to West Elmwood Housing.

Dominique Resendes

Dominique is the Accessing Home AmeriCorpsmember for 2017-2018. In May of 2017 she graduated Salem State University with a double major in communications and political science. When she’s not at work, she likes to try new food, go to concerts, and hang out with her dog Pepper (the dog in the picture!) At West Elmwood, Dominique is helping recreate the organizational website, assists with events and marketing. She also assists with Resident Services, meaning she connects residents living in West Elmwoodproperties with resources in the community to help them become economically independent. Starting in January, Dominique will also be teaching Rent Rite courses.


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