Following a recent federal district court decision, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting DACA renewal applications again.

Anyone who currently holds or has previously held DACA status (even if that status is now expired), is eligible to apply for renewal.  USCIS is still not accepting initial requests for DACA status from people who have never had it.

Those who are eligible to renew their DACA status should do so immediately. Because USCIS is accepting renewal applications under a court order, it is unclear how long this window of opportunity will remain open.

Beginning today, Dorcas International Institute of RI is now holding daily walk-in DACA clinics to respond to the community need.  We will assess an individual’s eligibility to renew his/her DACA status, and, if eligible, complete the paperwork. Applicants should bring their work permit and passport to walk-in hours. No appointment is necessary.Walk-In Hours:
– Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9-4:30 pm;
– Wed & Sat 9:00-12:00;
–  hours available by appointment: please call 401-784-8621
All fees ($495 USCIS filing fee and $100 DIIRI service fee) will be covered by funds previously donated in September 2017. DACA renewal applicants pay nothing.

National Library Services, NLS Veterans’ Benefits

The National Library Services (NLS) offers a free braille and talking books library service program for veterans and residents of the United States. By law, veterans receive preference for these library services. Veterans and residents with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical challenge that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page are eligible for special reading materials and library services. The Rhode Island Talking Books Library (TBL) provides these services to local veterans and residents with its accessible library resources. If you believe you may be eligible (Eligibility Requirements) for this program, please fill out a TBL Application Form to take advantage of the services TBL provides.

State of Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services

YMCA Culinary Academy – October 2017

Last chance for teens 14-19 to sign up for our Culinary Academy work readiness program!

The program meets Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00pm at Providence Youth Services (640 Broad Street). We still have openings and we would love to fill those positions before next week!


  • Program is FREE to participants
  • Ages 14-19
  • Please fill out and return the application to Providence Youth Services (640 Broad St)
  • ONLY 12 SPOTS available per session
  • Food tasting, snacks and dinner included at every session!
  • Learn resume and interview skills from industry professionals


WHEN:                        Begins October 16, 2017

TIME:                           Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM

LOCATION:                 PROVIDENCE YOUTH SERVICES 640 Broad St. Providence, RI 02908 (401) 456-0604


Teens can stop by our branch to fill out or drop off the application. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full.

Culinary Academy Application

SNAP Outreach in the Community – October 2017

URI SNAP Outreach workers are in the community seven days a week to provide application assistance to Rhode Islanders. Find our weekly calendar of sites on our website or reach us on the SNAP Outreach Hotline1-866-306-0270

If you would like request SNAP Outreach workers to visit your site to help clients apply for SNAP, or to schedule a SNAP training for your staff click here.

SNAP Income Guidelines Changes – October 2017

Each year on October 1, the federal government adjusts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income guidelines used to determine eligibility. Below are the 2017-2018 gross and net income guidelines for SNAP.

gross income 2018

net income 2018

As a result of these changes, we’ve updated our outreach materials. Please be sure to take down any outdated materials in your location, and replace with the updated materials. You’ll find links to the documents below. If you would like to request any of our print materials, please fill out the form here, and for the complete list of available materials, click here.

SNAP Eligibility Guidelines
Recent SNAP Policy and Procedural Changes September 2017
Do you know someone that could use a little help buying food? – SNAP eligibility pamphlet
What happens next? SNAP application process booklet
SNAP Facts by Population – SNAP policy booklet
How to access case information through the DHS Automated Information line*Please note that the changes to the Automated Information line reflected in this flyer will go into effect in early October.
How to Replace an EBT Card
SNAP Outreach Display Card

Providence Preservation Society’s Annual Festival of Historic Houses

Don’t miss the Providence Preservation Society’s annual Festival of Historic Houses on Saturday, June 3, which focuses on the Elmwood neighborhood this year.

And the Preview Party the night before will give you an opportunity to take a close look at the Webster Knight house just down the street from Knight Memorial Library.  Some of the proceeds from this event will be donated to PCL for the preparation work needed to restore Knight Memorial, so please help spread the word.

PVD Fest Finale Party

A Castle for the People

Artists, performers and community groups unite for PVDFest grand finale at the Cranston Street Armory

Part of inspiration behind PVDFest is to activate Providence’s public spaces and neighborhoods – and that means all neighborhoods. That’s why after the biggest party of the year happens Downtown on Saturday, June 3, the festival will head west on Sunday, June 4 for a finale party of salsa music, food AND art trucks, and a large-scale pop-up parade / performance led by FirstWorks featured artist Daniel Bernard Roumain. We can’t think of a better way to close out the best weekend of the summer so round up your family, friends (and a blanket or lawn chair) — but first get a preview of the day’s events on the PVDFest blog:

Elmwood Neighborhood Association Newsletter – May 2017 Addenda

ENA Newsletter May 2017 – Addenda

An invitation to help bring art to South Providence
Art Connection-RI invites members of the South Providence community to join our Board of Directors, a congenial group of people dedicated to creating access to art throughout Rhode Island. Art Connection-RI has a mission to connect artists and their art with social service agencies serving vulnerable Rhode Islanders. RI Free Clinic, Dorcas International, Genesis Center, West End Community Center, Lighthouse CDC, and AIDS Care Ocean State have all received art through our organization to create a welcoming atmosphere for their constituents.

To find out more: Call Wendy Ingram at 401-335-3229 or email


Saturday, May 13, 9:00 to 10:30 am – Progress report on Broad St initiatives

Location: Southside Cultural Center (393 Broad Street)

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris, Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, and Director of the Department of Planning and Development, Bonnie Nickerson cordially invite you to a community meeting to review public input voiced at the March 11Community Conversation, discuss current projects and existing funding that can be leveraged to act on community input, and help prioritize next steps.

For details: see Facebook at

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @ProvPlanning, or on the web at

Saturday, May 20, 8:30am and 1:00pm – West Broadway neighborhood yard sale Get a map of locations: WBNAHeadquarters, 1560 Westminster
Trinkets, toys, people, and egg rolls are some of the things you’ll find in bulk at the West Side Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale, which has featured up to FIFTY individual yard sales in years past throughout Federal Hill and the West End.   In addition to yard sales, you’ll find open houses, sidewalk sales and open studios offered by local businesses and artists. This event showcases the entire neighborhood and is super fun.
Web site:
For details: See Facebook/Neighborhood-Wide Yard Sale:

Saturday/Sunday, May 20 & 21, 10 am to 2 pm – Southside Community Land Trust’s 25th Annual Rare & Unusual Plant Sale
Location: 168 Clifford St in South Providence
The Sale features hundreds of varieties of sustainably grown annuals and perennials – fruit, vegetable and herb starts – roughly 20,000 in all. Flats are arranged on tables along pathways that meander among knotty fruit trees, the chicken coop and vegetable beds on our working farm. Local performers entertain shoppers with live music. Experienced gardeners are also on hand during the event to answer your gardening questions.
Web site:

South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA)

Thank you all who were able to attend our Regular Meeting last Thursday for the South Providence Neighborhood Association (SPNA). We will email the meeting notes by the end of next week, along with the answers to questions & concerns that were address during the discussion with the City of Providence’s Department of Planning & Development.

The City of Providence and RIPTA will host a Public Information Meeting on updates for both the Downtown Transit Corridor (DTC), which will connect Providence Station and the RI Hospital district with a high-frequency bus corridor, as well as proposed changes to Kennedy Plaza. This meeting will be held next Tuesday, May 9, from 5:30pm until 7pm, on the 1st floor Conference Room of theDoorley Municipal Building, located at 444 Westminster Street in Providence. The DTC is a project that SPNA continues to follow for assessing any impacts to our neighborhood.

Please join SPNA in attending the public meeting hosted by the City of Providence to review both the Progress Report and Action Steps from the Community Conversation held back on March 11 about the future of Broad Street, as well as to prioritize the provided community input & determine next steps. This meeting will be held onSaturday, May 13, from 9am until 10:30am at the Southside Cultural Center, located at 393 Broad Street in Providence. Please feel free to invite additional people who would be interested, and attached is the flyer for this meeting.

Thank you all for your continued focus on & providing SPNA feedback on how to best address the ongoing problems with the RIPTA bus shelter in front of Salvation Army on Broad Street. We receive different perspectives & ideas on how to best address the matter, so SPNA will convene a subcommittee that will lead our efforts & coordinate the action needed to resolve the challenges of that location. Please let us know if you would like to participate – we will schedule our 1st subcommittee meeting within the next 1-2 weeks. In the meantime please continue to contact RIPTA’s Customer Support Services to report complaints & concerns regarding this bus shelter – we need to ensure that RIPTA receives these reports directly from our neighbors and bus patrons. You may reach RIPTA at (401 784-9500, extension 2012, and they’re available Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm, and Saturdayfrom 8am until 4pm.

SPNA will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, May 25, from 6pm until 8pm, at the Community Preparatory School located at 126 Somerset Street in Providence. At this meetingSPNA will have Karen Santilli with Crossroads Rhode Island to provide an information about their current activities & initiatives, along with providing our neighbors the opportunity to have more in-depth dialogue on related challenges in our community and how Crossroads may engage SPNA & our other neighbors on the best methods for addressing the issues together.


Please feel free to contact us by phone at (401) 369-1334 or by email if you have any additional questions. You may also invite and share this communication with other neighbors interested in these activities and/or want to learn more about SPNA. We also look forward to seeing you this weekend andnext Thursday. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week!