Cranston Chatter

Posted 11/18/20

By MERI R. KENNEDY CCAP Emergency Housing Assistance The Comprehensive Community Action Program's Emergency Housing Assistance program assists individuals/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/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.

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, 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.

Holiday Meal Program

The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center is starting to prepare for the Holiday Meal Program for Christmas. Volunteers will prepare and deliver 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 Christmas meal registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 11. For additional information, visit

Three Square Meals Food Drive

Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) and iHeart Radio, through B101-FM, 94 HJY-FM and Coast 93.3-FM, are pleased to announce the ninth annual Three Square Meals Food Drive. Non-perishable food donations will be collected at all 16 OSJL stores in Rhode Island through Nov. 20.

Beneficiaries of the food collection include pantries, kitchens and churches across the state of Rhode Island and the USA Veterans and Military Support Foundation, a nonprofit corporation with a location in Central Falls whose mission is to provide programs, services and goods that help satisfy critical needs and enhance the well being and quality of life for Veterans, active-duty Military, National Guard, Coast Guard, and their families. Be the Change, the Jonnycake Center, Rhode Island Center Assisting Those in Need (RICAN), the Riverside Food Pantry as well as additional food pantries, kitchens, churches and food insecurity programs across Rhode Island will receive donations.

“Each year, our partnership with iHeart radio nets thousands of pounds of critically important nourishment for those who need it most in our home state,” said David Sarlitto, executive director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation. “Were always blown away by our customers’ generosity and are grateful for their support of the vital work that our community partners do to address the hunger crisis in Rhode Island.”

Additionally, OSJL is currently accepting monetary donations at all registers in each of its 143 stores across the region to support its Charitable Foundations Three Square Meals hunger relief program: the single largest food assistance program of its kind in the Northeast, which delivers more than 8 million pounds of food and 11 million meals annually.

Rhode Island Blue Star Moms

Last call for addresses! If you know any Rhode Islander serving in the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard or Space Force, please send us their address so we can send them a box of love from home during the holidays. You can send it to us at or to the lieutenant governor’s office at

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, or Lee Beliveau, vice president of development, at 562-8356 of

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.

Zoom-ba coming soon

The MS Dream Center will offer a virtual Chair Zoom-ba Program sponsored by Maguire Disability Law with the class being instructed by Michelle Calise.

Starting Nov. 16, classes will be offered nationally on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. for people with MS and their loved ones. There is no fee to participate and classes can accommodate up to 100 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Anne at to register for the classes and to complete a signed liability waiver, which is required of all participants.

The MS Dream Center provides a dedicated resource and support facility in which people living with Multiple Sclerosis, and their care partners, may engage in a wide variety of interactive social and educational activities, workshops and therapies. The MS Dream Center goal is to bring awareness to the disease and reach out to those living with it, empowering them and offering important respite opportunities for care partners.

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.

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 The anonymous survey will take under 10 minutes to complete.

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.

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.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pelkey at 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

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.

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.

Cranston Public Library seeking input

The Cranston Public Library is currently working on their new five-year strategic plan. This plan, required by the state, will help them to make decisions involving library services, programs, and building projects for the next five years. They need your feedback to inform them about the needs of our community.

They are asking you to complete their survey at

The anonymous survey will take under 10 minutes to complete and will provide them with valuable information as we engage in their planning process.

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

Did you know?

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on Oct. 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday after writing letters for 17 years.

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