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. This year House of Hope CDC will serve 700+ 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.”


LAURA JAWORSKI, MSW, has been appointed executive director of House of Hope Community Development Corporation, one of Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit agencies serving homeless families and laura-jaworski-headshotindividuals.

In addition, House of Hope announced that Deborah Imondi, formerly assistant treasurer of Textron Inc. and current executive director of the RI 4-H Club Foundation Inc., has been elected president of the agency’s all-volunteer board of directors.   William E. Stein, MSW, LICSW, has been promoted to the new post of clinical director of operations.

“I am pleased to serve an organization that has helped so many homeless Rhode Islanders, and done so with compassion and professionalism,” Imondi said. “I am confident Laura’s leadership will assure the organization’s continued growth and effectiveness in meeting the needs of our homeless population.”

With experience in several nonprofit social service agencies, Jaworski has overseen programs for the homeless, as well as for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. She joined House of Hope in January, 2015 and had been the agency’s associate director of programs and policies.

“It is an honor and privilege to lead this dynamic organization into the next phase of our work,” Jaworski said. “House of Hope has a long record of working with individuals and families impacted by homelessness through the development of quality affordable housing, and the delivery of quality, compassionate supportive services.”

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We are in dire need of men’s and women’s new underwear, new socks, new undershirts, t-shirts, and 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 Dawn Santos at  401-463-3324 ext 206 or visit our AMAZON WISH LIST to purchase an item now.

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