house of hope cdc

Homelessness can happen to anyone. All it takes is a catastrophic illness, a loss of income, or a myriad of other unforeseen events. Today there are over 4,000 homeless Rhode Islanders, many who you may recognize as friends, family, or neighbors.

House of Hope Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 in Warwick, Rhode Island, with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in the state and end the personal and social trauma of homelessness. We create affordable housing delivered with life changing services and work with other advocates for policies to ensure that everyone can have a safe, stable home. In 2015 House of Hope CDC served a record number, 1,350+ individuals. Our team of exceptional social workers provide a host of supportive services to assist our shelter guests in securing income, health insurance, and most importantly, permanent housing.

“We are ending homelessness.”


WARWICK, R.I. – June 15, 2016 – After 27 years, Jean M. Johnson is leaving her post as executive director of House of Hope Community Development Corporation, which she and other concerned citizens founded as a tiny shelter in a former Warwick schoolhouse and went on to create one of Rhode Island’s foremost organizations working to end homelessness.

Johnson has been the sole executive director of House of Hope, which develops affordable housing and provides social and counseling services. Last year, House of Hope served approximately 1,000 homeless people at 22 sites throughout Greater Providence.

jeanIn accepting Johnson’s resignation, Stephen M. Miller, president of the board of directors, noted that her leadership has shaped every aspect of House of Hope, from its dedication to compassionate, individualized service to clients, to the color of the doors in its attractively restored apartment buildings and homes.

“Jean IS House of Hope, pure and simple,” Miller said. “It’s hard to imagine House of Hope without her. But we are confident that the legacy she established provides a solid foundation from which to pursue our goal of making homelessness in Rhode Island an occurrence that is as brief as it is rare.”

Named as interim executive director is Laura Jaworski, MSW, currently associate director for policy and programs.  William E. Stein, MSW and LICSW, associate director of clinical services, is the interim associate executive director.

Miller said that Jaworski and Stein reflect the caliber of caring, talented professionals whom Johnson has been able to recruit to House of Hope’s staff because of her reputation for service and dedication to helping those who are without homes.

The two will direct House of Hope during a wide-ranging search for a permanent director. Both Jaworski and Stein will be invited to be among the candidates.

“It has been an honor and my sincere pleasure to serve as Executive Director of House of Hope CDC for the past 27 years,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the board of directors.

“However, the time has come to turn the reins over to a new leadership and a new Executive Director who will continue to carry forward the values and principles that have made House of Hope the most effective social service organization in the state, “Johnson said.

Miller praised the two interim leaders, as the board of directors begins the careful and deliberate process of finding a permanent director.

“Laura Jaworski and Bill Stein bring enthusiasm, talent and experience, plus sound academic preparation to a demanding, complex field that can have a positive impact on people’s lives,” Miller said.

Spring is here and our residents need your help!

House of Hope CDC Needs Your Help!

Spring has arrived and summer is not far behind!  We are in dire need of men’s new underwear, new socks, new undershirts, t-shirts, shorts in addition to personal hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, deodorant,  disposable razors, and shaving cream.  If you can organize a drive to collect these items at your work or civic group please contact Christine Foisy at, call 401-463-3324 ext 201 or visit our AMAZON WISH LIST to purchase an item now.


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