A History of Project Weber/RENEW

Two programs. One story of support and progress.

 

It began in 2003

On Christmas Day in 2003, Roy Weber, a young sex worker in Providence was found shot dead.

 

Tribute to a tragedy 

Rich Holcomb and James Waterman begin Project Weber in Providence in 2008. The only organization in the United Stated dedicated exclusively to addressing the needs of male sex workers.

 

Communities begin the work

In 2005, the Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation, in partnership with both communities police departments, create Project RENEW

In 2006, RENEW hired their first outreach worker to support female sex workers in Pawtucket and Central Falls. Within 2 years, prostitution arrest rates drop 90% in both cities.

 

Locations converge

In 2013, Project Weber opened it's drop-in center allowing it to more directly serve and educate their clients. The same year, RENEW partnered with Amos House and expanded services to Providence for the first time.

Coming together for one mission

In March of 2016 the two organizations agreed to merge, in order to serve the full range of sex workers and high risk women and men, including transgender sex workers, while reducing administrative overhead.  The merged organization is called “Project Weber/RENEW” (PWR).

Since it's founding, Project Weber enrolled 263 men, providing peer-led street outreach, basic needs, HIV prevention and testing, needle exchange, and support groups

Since 2006 RENEW served over 1000 women, providing peer-led street outreach, basic needs, HIV prevention and testing, and case management.