Joe Frietas

Joe Freitas has been a member of the First Church Shelter Staff since 2004. He is an Overnight Shift Supervisor and does holiday and vacation coverage. Joe attended Providence College and has been active in the homeless and affordable housing movements-locally and nationally for many years. Prior to working at First Church Shelter Joe was part of the speakers bureau for the National Coalition for the Homeless and helped start and staff a number of shelters and drop in centers in Rhode Island. Recently he has been involved in work that resulted in the creation of both the Occupy Boston and Providence encampments.

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