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Be The Change Sunday Meal

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: To provide a supplemental food resource for families, elderly, homeless and impoverished in the community and surrounding areas. To provide a service for working people to be able to affordably shop for groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication so people do not have to choose between eating and paying bills. To provide a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas meal to the elderly and families in need, who are just making ends meet.

Target demographics: Working people make ends meet, homeless and impoverished

Direct beneficiaries per year: We helped 1000's of people put food on the table and not have to pick between eating and paying bills, contribute .50 for every bag sold at Project Hand Up to Gel's Full Belly Fund to help provide children a lunch in school, collect household goods for people transitioning into homes from the street, Provided Thanksgiving baskets to over 400 families, provided a Christmas meal to the needy, and collected school supplies for children who's families could not afford to buy them.

Geographic areas served: West Warwick and surrounding communities

Programs: Project Hand Up which is a program where working people can shop for groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication for a suggested donation so they do not have to choose between eating and paying bills

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

10 Barbara278

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group epitomizes what it means to love without judgement. Their tireless efforts to help those in need is amazing. I have seen them go above and beyond on many occasions because it is truly in their hearts to so. They do whatever they can when they can simply because they love helping people. From the very beginning they have always been dedicated in their mission and have never wavered. They sacrifice much of their own lives for others and work together with other agencies to not only feed people but improve the quality of their lives. They have kept many from going hungry but have also made many people feel loved and cared for. In these times we live in this is so very important and we need more people like this group in the world.

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Coreen S. Thank you!

Cathy135

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place helps out a lot of people to stretch there money exspeceley on things like shampoo tolit paper tooth paste things that's can be verry pricey. Fruits and vegetables too baked goods and they have dinner special too Thursday they had everything to make a chill dinner for only 5.00 wow what a deal so go check them out and see what deals you can get

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw project handup on Facebook oneday itold my sister about it. Itold her lets go see what all about. Well it was worth going. We got so much stuff for our money from food to hygiene to cold med. Yes sometimes you have to wait in line but it's worth the wait so if it's cold dress warm but you wont be disappointed. The staff is friendly and helpful. So if you are having ahard time getting by this place is for you if not please save it for the people who really need to go to a place like this. So help out in other ways. Like your time or money. Because you never know when you may need a place like this.

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Coreen S. 03/04/2017

Thank you!

1 Miranda A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with such a great group of people! We all pull together and help those in need in a moments notice! And I love seeing the relief and smiles of those we serve!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Be The Change for over a year and am amazed at how many people who are just getting by have been helped by this great program. Not only do they provide a hot Sunday meal for those in need, their well stocked food pantry helps many families .

1 Mindy20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for 2 yrs now and what a wonderful experience it has been! We have a core group that works tirelessly to help the people in the community and along with them support throughout the community through businesses and other community members. We run a pantry and a Sunday meal and also help out in other ways the best we can. We have been able to add fruits and veggies to our pantry this year which helps give our customers healthy choices. The pantry helps them make ends meet by offering staples they need to make it thru a week. And the Sunday meal not only gives them a hot meal but a place to gather with friends to eat. Love helping this organization and seeing the smiles from the people we help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Be The Change since Jan 2016 and what a rewarding experience it has been. With the communities help we have been able to lift the spirits of so many. Each Sunday it's wonderful to be able to serve a hot, home cooked meal to the homeless and impoverished in West Warwick. We also collect donations of toiletries and in the past have collected school supplies and now are collecting coats etc for the winter months to make things a little better for the people we help. Such a great group of volunteers along with an amazing leader! Couldn't do it without Coreen....love what we do and all that help accomplish our goal!

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Coreen S. 10/21/2016

We love you Mindy!

2 Alicia D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Be the change has been a blessing to my family this past year! Words can't express the gratitude I have for the amazing group of people who volunteer for such a great cause! Without be the change, I wouldn't have been able to have the great Christmas we had this year! I have met some awesome people over the past year, from the volunteers to making friends while waiting in line! This is the best place to go if you are struggling between food and the financial stresses of life,hands down! When I first walked through the doors, I could never imagine how greatly they would have had an impact on my life! I look forward to seeing everyone each time I go! Not only do the volunteers of be the change have huge hearts, they welcome you with so much compassion that you never feel unwelcome! I cannot say enough good things! I always recommend be the change to all my friends and neighbors! Thank you Coreen and the many wonderful volunteers for your dedication to the community!

3 Joy Ann B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped my family when no one else would... loving and caring all the was through..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Be The Change for a couple of years and it has been such an eye opening experience. Coreen and her group work tirelessly searching for the donations they need to be sure the people of the area are able to have the food, essentials and clothing they need to survive. Whenever she finds out that another wonderful business in the community has stepped up to help, the excitement is so contagious you can't help to be excited too. They are definitely an organization that must be commended for all the work they do to make the community a better place to live in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps so many members of the surrounding communities. The families come in to the meal site and are so appreciative of all that is being provided to them. Their smiles say it all. I know the people who volunteer their time and prepare the food get a wonderful feeling also. The families are also given the opportunity to purchase foods and toiletries at a fraction of the cost, giving them the feeling that they are providing for their family rather than being given a handout. This group has made such an impact on the people in the area. I am proud to be a part of what this has become.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While looking to do some volunteer work myself, I came across a local organization called “Be the Change Sunday Meal”, founded by Coreen St. Jean. When I met with Coreen she explained that every Sunday, she & her team of volunteers host a wonderful home cooked meal for the homeless & impoverished in the community serving 50+ people each week.

In addition to the Sunday Meal, Coreen told me about a new endeavor called “Project Hand-Up”, which I am honored to now be a part of. This program is designed to help the homeless, working people & the elderly stretch whatever money they may have by providing groceries, toiletries, and over the counter medication all for a small donation. This program is not a hand-out, but a “hand-up” so people don’t have to choose between eating & paying their bills. To date, there are in excess of 2,000 customers.

I think Coreen literally spends 95% of her waking hours thinking of ways to help others. She is inspiring, persistent, strong, giving, non-judgmental & kind. Those coming through the doors looking for a hand, sometimes somewhat reluctantly, leave with smiles on their faces & a sense of dignity.

100% of all money collected through donations, fundraisers, etc. is used to sustain these programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the great pleasure of volunteering at the “Be The Change – Project Hand Up” store. Coreen St. Jean, Debra Shipley Roffo and Dennis Picard do a fantastic job in coordinating the rescue of food, over-the-counter medicine and toiletries and getting it into the store, onto the shelves and into the hands of the needy. Not an easy task but they manage to rally the troops and get the job done week after week. I have enjoyed seeing the expressions on the shoppers faces go from hopeless to hopeful during their shopping experience. So many smiles and words of gratitude for helping them to feed and care for their families. Just an awesome and inspiring story of people dedicated to helping those in the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I donate as often as we can. It inspires you to help people in and around your community instead of writing a check and sending it off in the mail. With businesses like Whole Foods and Amazon it makes it easy to donate while you’re doing your shopping. I personally have told many people about the Be The Change Sunday Meal and the many other great things this wonderful worth while organization does for people in need. Keep up the exceptional work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister-in-law and nephew have been using BTC almost since day one and it has been a blessing for them. It has allowed them to actually make it to their next check each month. The people volunteering there ar so compassionate and helpful. This is definitely needed and appreciated by many. Everyone needs to support this group as it is really supporting your neighbor. Keep up the good work as it is one program that is actually directly making a difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of the holiday I was able to purchase food. At $3. To help me make it through the month because I purchased two gifts for two small children thankful I had help thank you

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to this wonderful organization after someone mentioned it to me. I feel so fortunate to be able to help others even if it’s in a small way. They are a great team of wonderful and caring people who truly care about others. I would recommend them to anyone.

2 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Be the change for 4 years and I have seen so many people being helped. I love seeing the smiles on there faces as they sit down to a nice hot meal. This organization has so many dedicated volunteers all striving for the same goals, Helping those who need it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Be the change almost from day one.I spend as much time volunteering as I can.I love being there on Sundays and just watching how happy everyone is. The volunteers are the most caring group of people I have ever met. The people we serve weekly go home with full bellies and that is the best part of what we do.

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Coreen S. 10/21/2016

Thank you

2 Judith Demers F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer with this organization and have watched it grow from a simple “Sunday dinner”(Be the Change) to expand into a for donation grocery/health/toiletries store (Project Hand Up). Add in the numerous extras ie: Stuff the Bus (school supplies for local schools), clothing drives that then result in a Free Store day where those in need can come and take whatever they need.
Simply put the generosity is never ending and Coreen, Mindy and Dennis keep coming up with new ideas! We put smiles on so many faces, it’s truly a beautiful thing.

2 Ellen G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the moment you enter the door, the care begins. Everyone smiles & helps you make choices & shows you the way. You're made to feel welcome & safe. By the time you leave, it feels like you're saying goodbye to friends! Thank you for ALL you do! God bless you all!

2 Joanne L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing group has saved so many food poor families with their commitment to the communities around them. No judgement, just a willingness to help. Love that they manage to provide some products for those with food allergies!

2 Mikki2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today,I went to the food pantry for the first time. My 14 year old daughter came with me. I was nervous and felt embarrassed because I have never had to rely on anyone for food before. My experience was wonderful....I registered in a few minutes and was shopping before I could blink. We filled TWO large canvas bags with necessary vegetables, staples, and snacks and then a bag of bread and another of "specials" including meat, fresh salads, salsa, stuffing and so much more. I'm so grateful because SNAP is good, but just doesn't make the month...I am relieved that Be the Change is here for me....it'll help our family of 4 make the month!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! From the bottom of my heart!!

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Coreen S. 03/27/2017

thank you we are so glad we could help

1 Carla45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shopping here was such a helpful and pleasant experience. The selection of food is wonderful. The part I like best is the selection of foods that are new to me because I can't afford to buy items in the market that I might not like. So I have been able to try them at a low cost. Also love that I was able to stock up on some baking goods.!! I will be a regular customer and hope to volunteer!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this is the best program I've seen in a long time. They're really feeding those in need with good and healthy food . I love this program

1 jenniferharritos

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Be the Change for about 2 1/2 years. It is such a helpful, generous and wonderful organization. The people that started it all are the most amazing and giving that I have ever met. They give so much of themselves without taking anything in return but seeing the smiling faces of all the people that Be the Change and Project Hand Up help. The Sunday meal is homemade by volunteers. So every Sunday is like a family dinner. The store by donation is such a huge help to everyone. For the suggested donation, a person can save so much money on food and everyday items needed. That savings can go to help pay rent and bills and other necessary living expenses without to much of a struggle. These 2 programs are to help those who have nothing or just need some help getting by. Thank you Coreen, Deb, and Dennis for all that you do to help the community.

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Coreen S. 03/16/2017

thank you also for all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about Be the Change a few years ago. I can't believe what this group does for the community! They feed so many hungry people each week with great homemade dishes. They have fundraisers to benefit the community such as a fill the bus event that helped supply local schools with supplies and the generosity was outstanding! Free store,toiletries, sock and coat collections are always going on to help people in need. It's always about helping others. Everything that is donated to Be the Change goes to help others! Everything! Not 1 penny is taken for themselves! They pour their heart abc soul in everything they do!

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Coreen S. 10/21/2016

Thank you