Project Outreach was established in the early 1970s by the former Washington Park United Methodist Church to provide emergency assistance to its surrounding neighbors in times of need. At that time, the church was instrumental in helping refugees from Southeast Asia settle into the neighborhood. We matched refugee families with families from all over Rhode Island to help the new arrivals with all of their basic needs. We also provided shelter, clothing, food, friendship, and taught new arrivals how to survive in a culture very different from the one they had left.
Now housed at Open Table of Christ United Methodist Church (OTC), Project Outreach has added a food pantry, bread distribution, and utility and rental assistance programs.