How Does SPNM Change Lives?

South Providence Neighborhood Matters has been serving families, children, the elderly, and the disabled on Providence’s South side for over 25 years. SPNM provides services and opportunities that encourage self-worth and build a safe and just community of caring, respect and cooperation. SPNM is an ecumenical, multi-service neighborhood center. It was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization in 1988 but had operated out of Calvary Baptist Church as an outreach program for many years before then.

The following is from a letter from a young single mother thanking SPNM “for changing my life.” She had no money for Christmas. Where she was staying had no heat and no hot water. SPNM provided Christmas gifts and money for an apartment. Here is what she wrote to SPNM:

“It’s been hard on us jumping from house to house, sleeping on couches, no food, no heat, sneaking into my mom’s house to sleep. You understand how much I appreciate everyone who made this Christmas happen for my baby girl.  Just seeing her smile on Christmas morning meant everything to me.

“I want to give a special thanks to Ms. Yvette. When I walked in, I was at my lowest point in my life. I wasn’t eating. I was crying all the time, stressed out, no sleep. I was staying in a room with no heat no hot water so I had to go to my mom’s if she was home and shower. Ms Yvette gave me hope told me that everything was going to be fine…

“I’m sitting here crying, writing this because they changed my life… (McAuley House) calling saying that I have the apartment — I need to pay but I didn’t have no money, Ms. Yvette may god bless her everyday gave me first and last month’s rent. I was so happy I still don’t know how to pay her back, a true angel sent from heaven. Thank you.

“I want to thank everyone who helped out, put this gifts together I want thank you Ms. Yvette for giving me hope, giving me strength, for giving everything. I appreciate every little thing you have done for me. I will forever keep you in my heart. Thank you everyone for changing my life. I love you all.”


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