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Bishop Herson Gonzalez and Pastor Valerie Gonzalez at Vida Church in Woonsocket.

WOONSOCKET – Amid returning but still lower than pre-COVID attendance, leaders from various church denominations in Woonsocket are speaking as one in highlighting their shared responsibility in caring for the city and its residents.

Rev. Valerie Gonzalez and her husband, Bishop Herson Gonzalez, pastors at Vida Church in Woonsocket, started their church in 2003 with the hope that they could bridge the gap between the faith community and the city, which Valerie now helps lead as a city councilor.

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Glad to see these fine people highlighted - the work that they do day in and day out make a positive impact in people's lives. Their quiet and dignified doggedness is appreciated by me - God Bless them.

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