Several of our initiatives are undertaken in partnership with other established organizations. Our goal is to maximize the usefulness of the Mathewson Street Church building to meet the needs of the downcity Providence community.
Our partners include:
The Avenue Concept
Develops sustainable Avenues that support Public Art. Funded and maintains the mural on the side of our building.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting
The “Out to Lunch Bunch” meets Monday – Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 pm.
Better Lives Rhode Island (formerly PICA)
The Community Meal is made possible through a partnership with PICA. The meal is served every Friday afternoon to low-income and homeless individuals & families.The Community Meal typically serves over 175 hot meals weekly.
Farm Fresh Rhode Island Mobile Market
FFRI provides access to fresh local produce which 134 Collaborative purchases and distributes during the April through October Harvest season to low income individuals & families.
Local volunteer lawyers and Roger Williams University Law School students volunteer their time to offer free legal consultation & assistance on the last Friday of each month from 3 to 6 pm. In partnership with the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University Law School.
Oasis: Wellness & Recovery Centers of RI
Provides advocacy, education & support for those living with mental illness.
Out of School Jam*
A 134 Collaborative program, Out of School Jam is a series of day long “jam” sessions for school aged and young adolescents ages 7 to 12. The program builds communication and life skills to encourage healthy decision making and community involvement. It also provides opportunities to engage in downtown activities exposing youth to the arts, history & culture of the city.
RI Homeless Advocacy Project
Provided advocacy and outreach to those who are homeless in our community. Weekly meetings offer opportunity for organizing and support.
RI Organizing Project
A community organization dedicated to promoting justice and the common good. RIOP places a premium on community outreach, leadership development and multi-generational organizing.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse
Social Enterprise Greenhouse creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive.134 Collaborative has participated in the Change Accelerator and is a member of SEG.
A monthly newspaper that served as a forum for advocates, homeless and formerly homeless people, students, state officials and the general public to share accurate and honest information about issues relating to homelessness.
Tenderloin Opera Company*
A theater training program focusing on the issue of homelessness. Participants include those who are homeless, have experienced homelessness as well as those who are interested/advocates of reducing homelessness (e.g. Brown University students). They meet on a weekly basis during the academic year.
URI Feinstein Hunger Free America
Provides SNAP Outreach once per month on the third Friday from 3 to 5:30 pm during the weekly Community Meal.
URI Feinstein Campus Urban Arts & Culture Program
Supports and collaborates on arts programming in the building for underserved populations. The program presents a diverse spectrum of visual and performing arts programming to the community.
In addition to these collaborations, 134 Collaborative provides basic toiletries, used clothing and emergency bus tickets, as available, to those who are homeless, low income or attend programs on site. Public bathrooms are open to all when the building is open.
*134 Collaborative programs