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By MERI R. KENNEDY
Posted 11/4/20

By MERI R. KENNEDY CCAP Emergency Housing Assistance The Comprehensive Community Action Program's Emergency Housing Assistance program assists individuals and families living in Cranston, Coventry, Scituate and Foster with back rent, security deposits,

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CCAP Emergency Housing Assistance

The Comprehensive Community Action Program’s Emergency Housing Assistance program assists individuals and families living in Cranston, Coventry, Scituate and Foster with back rent, security deposits, mortgage assistance, late fees associated with back rent or mortgage, moving costs and utilities. Funding is limited. For more information, call CCAP at 467-7013 or visit www.comcap.org.

Rotary seeking to help families this Thanksgiving

In the spirit of giving, please consider sponsoring a Thanksgiving food basket for local Cranston families in need. The Cranston Rotary has a goal to provide 100 baskets, each filled with a turkey, side dishes, vegetables, milk and apple pie.

Visit rotaryclubofcranston.org, talk to your favorite Rotarian or mail a check for $35 to P.O. Box 3723, Cranston, RI 02910. The Rotary has partnered with Stop & Shop for the initiative.

Free flu clinics

The Cranston Health Equity Zone and CCAP Family Health Services will be offering free flu clinics in the community. Getting a flu shot is an easy way to help protect you and your family. To learn more, visit www.comcap.org

Hair on Square seeking donations for House of Hope

Hair on the Square, located at 4 Rolfe Square, is holding a clothing drive for the House of Hope. Any donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing items are being accepted. Items can be dropped off at the salon. The most needed items include new socks, gently used gloves and hats, new men’s boxers, new or gently used hoodies and sweatshirts, new or gently used winter boots and new or gently used coats.

Helping neighbors through CCAP

CCAP needs your help to help them reach its goal of supporting 1,500 families this holiday season.

Due to the pandemic, CCAP is conducting its holiday giving campaigns differently this year. The organization is asking for donations to purchase gift cards for those its serves as an unprecedented number of residents seek assistance during challenging times. A $50 gift card for a supermarket can help provide for a family of four.

Donors can also help fill the CCAP Food Bank’s shelves by giving non-perishable food items, paper goods and cleaning products. All food and donations can be delivered during business hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 311 Doric Ave., Cranston (lower level).

Please make checks payable to Comprehensive Community Action/Gift Cards and sent to 311 Doric Ave., Cranston, RI 02910, Attention: Holiday Giving Campaign.

Additionally, CCAP is accepting donations for its Adopt-A-Family Program. For $300, donors can support an entire family, although other amounts are accepted and appreciated.

For more information about CCAP’s Holiday Giving Campaign, contact Sherry Diaz, vice president of social services, at 562-8336 or sdiaz@comcap.org, or Lee Beliveau, vice president of development, at 562-8356 of lbeliveau@comcap.org.

A Thanksgiving helping

Starbucks of Chapel View, the Cranston Police Department, the Cranston Substance Abuse Task Force and CCAP are teaming up to bring families in need in our community a Thanksgiving meal.

Please consider purchasing a grocery store gift card the next time you are shopping. A $50 gift card will provide a family of four a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Please bring all gift cards to the Starbucks in Chapel View for easy contact-less drop off.

CCAP’s Food Bank servers over 800 families each month and are seeing an unprecedented number of our neighbors turning to CCAP for support during this crisis. Your support and generosity will help so many in our community.

RI Dream Center needs your help

The RI Dream Center helps meet the needs of people dealing with poverty throughout Rhode Island, including through food assistance, clothing, education and other services.

Since the pandemic began, homelessness numbers have dramatically risen in our state. The need is so great and we need to continue to help as many people as possible.

The Dream Center will be purchasing 400 high-quality, waterproof backpacks and accepting donations to fill them. These filled backpacks will be passed out on the State House lawn on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 21. The winter daily essentials that will fill the backpacks include toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, hand and feet warmers, winter hats, gloves and scarfs, facemasks, new socks, liquid soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, powder, lotion, combs and brushes, feminine hygiene products, and wipes.

Any monetary donations can be made at www.ridreamcenter.com/give-online. To donate any of the listed items above, please drop them off by Nov. 7 at Praise Tabernacle Church, located at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston.

Holiday Meal Program

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center is already starting to prepare for the Holiday Meal Program for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers will prepare and deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to any Cranston senior who will be alone for the holidays. If you would like to volunteer to deliver meals, would like a meal or know of someone who would, please contact the center’s receptionist at 780-6000.

The Thanksgiving meal registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 13, and Christmas meal deadline is Friday, Dec. 11. For additional information, visit www.cranstonseniorcenter.com.

Troop 22 looking for Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 22 Cranston is looking for new Scouts. Following all the BSA and state of Rhode Island safety protocols, the troop is meeting, hiking and camping. It has a full schedule of activities planned for the 2020-21 program year. Troop 22 is affiliated with girls’ Troop 13-G, which is also looking for new members. Both units meet at the Edgewood Congregational Church, 1788 Broad St., at 7 p.m. on most Thursdays.

The program is for youth ages 11 to 18. For younger children, Troop 22 also has a relationship with Cub Scout Pack 2 Cranston. Anyone interested is invited to call Paul Kelley at 401-595-6726 for more information.

CCAP’s Learn to Earn teacher assistant training program

CCAP has announced that its free Learn To Earn teacher assistant training program will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 10. The class will run for two weeks, with sessions held Monday through Thursday, noon to 3 p.m. The program is open to people between the ages of 18 and 24 with a high school diploma or GED and clean BCI. For more information, call 562-8325.

Medicare open enrollment

Medicare health and drug plans make changes each year to things like cost, coverage, and providers and pharmacies in their networks. Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 is when all Medicare members can change Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage to better meet their needs for the following year.

Information for 2021 plans will be available beginning in October. To schedule an appointment, contact the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s Social Services Division – Jennifer at 780-6254, Amy at 780-6200, or Matt at 780-6255.

Mindful Mondays

Mindful Monday is a weekly drop-in meditation group open to all teens 13 to 18 years old. Brief meditations are facilitated by CCAP’s Community Response Program team members.

The program will be held on Mondays, on Zoom, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning on Oct. 5.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pelkey at jpelkey@comcap.org or 318-2555.

Transportation volunteers for seniors

Transportation volunteers are needed for the Cranston RSVP program. RSVP is seeking volunteers to deliver brown bag lunches to seniors, run errands for seniors and transport Cranston homebound seniors to medical appointments.

Anyone interested in becoming an RSVP volunteer can contact Karen at 780-6159 for an interview. You must be 55 years of age or older to volunteer and a BCI is required. A mileage reimbursement is given to cover travel costs.

New location for three city departments

The city’s Building & Inspections, Engineering, and Community Development departments are now located at 35 Sockanosset Cross Road, Unit 6. They are no longer based at the Hamilton Building on Cranston Street. If you need their services, please visit the new location during regular city business hours. For more information, visit www.cranstonri.gov.

Study seeking seniors

The Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders Center at Rhode Island Hospital is involved in The Ahead Study, which is testing an investigational treatment aimed at delaying memory decline in people before the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are apparent.

The study is for men and women aged 55-80 who are not experiencing any memory or thinking problems but who may be at an increased risk of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first Alzheimer’s disease prevention trial to enroll people as young as 55 years old. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please call 606-4664.

Free dental assistant training

CCAP is excited to announce a new, free dental assistant training program. This 13-week program will be run using a hybrid model, with classroom work using Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays and hands on clinical sessions Fridays and Saturday mornings at CCAP’s Coventry dental office.

Participants must live in Rhode Island, be 18-24 years old, and have a clean BCI and a high school diploma or GED. Call the Cranston Youth Center at 562-8325 today.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Barbara and Kevin Dwares of Cranston are once again collecting individually wrapped desserts such as brownies, cookies, banana breads, cookie bars, etc., to be delivered to Help The Homeless RI on Saturday afternoons. The donations are needed by noon on Fridays. Please drop them off at 46 Balsam Court in Garden City. Please put them in the plastic container located near the breezeway. The bin will be outside every Wednesday through Friday.

Trash and yard waste

Trash pick-up is continuing a normal schedule, while yard waste pick-up will be on residents’ usual trash day until mid-December. For more information, visit www.cranstonri.gov.

Cranston Public Library seeking input

The Cranston Public Library is currently working on its new five-year strategic plan. This plan, required by the state, will help the library to make decisions involving services, programs, and building projects for the next five years.

The library needs your feedback. To complete a survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/cranstonpl The anonymous survey will take under 10 minutes to complete.

Did you know?

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln, declared the last Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving. (Source: November Fun Facts)

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