Snow Assistance for the Elderly and Disabled
In it's fifth year of service, the SAFE-D program is a key project within Serve Rhode Island's Disaster Response role. Many of Rhode Island's elderly and disabled residents face particular hardships in the winter season. During heavy snow fall, the physical and financial burden of removing snow can be too much. Residents who are stuck in their homes face missed medical appointments, running out of food or medication, and the physical hazard of slipping on snow or ice. Last year over 500 RI residents qualified for help, and that need continues to grow.
Volunteers can make a huge difference in these individuals lives and can step in when family, neighbors, or paid help are no longer options. As a volunteer with the SAFE-D program, you will be notified when a resident in your area needs help. Volunteers are needed for shoveling, but also office and administrative help, so please register even if you can't shovel. Fill out the registration form below and SRI staff will contact you with further details.
who are interested in applying to receive SAFE-D services must submit an application by December 1. Applications can be submitted via the online form or printed and mailed in. If you need to request a paper application to be mailed to you, contact SRI at 401-331-2298. Residents must show financial need as well as meet age and/or disability requirements. Please note that this is a volunteer program and services are not guaranteed. Services are provided when volunteers are available. If you have any questions, call 401-331-2298.
The SAFE-D application process is CLOSED for residents for the season.
Please call SRI for more information.