ReMARKable Music Room Dedicated

A room where people who are homeless can listen to music, learn instruments and practice and play together was dedicated July 16 by House of Hope Community Development Corporation in memory of a Rhode Island man who died last year while he was homeless in San Francisco. Mark Goldstein was 28 when he died of the physical effects of alcoholism. But his parents, Donna and Richard Goldstein, proposed creation of the music room to honor the aspects of his life that brought him and others joy. “Today is a day of celebration,” said Donna Goldstein who taught for many years at the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, during the half-hour-long ceremony. “Today is a day to celebrate the important and deserving people who will play and enjoy music here and reconnect with their community.” Her husband, Dr. Richard Goldstein, a retired a mathematics professor at Providence College, said that he hoped that those who come to the music room will “experience the happiness that Mark felt when he played music.” Named the “ReMARKable Music Room and Resource Center,” the room is located at House of Hope’s headquarters complex at 3190 Post Rd., Warwick, in a storefront that formerly was the site of the Boutique store, which sold goods made by House of Hope’s clients and closed earlier this year. The event was attended by about 50 people, many of them the relatives and friends of Mark Goldstein and who were among 69 donors who contributed nearly $9,000 through an Internet fundraising site to establish the room and support House of Hope’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in Rhode...