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.”
ReMARKable Music Room Dedicated
House of Hope on July 16 dedicated a room where people who are homeless can listen to music, learn to play an instrument or form a pickup group. About 50 people attended the event, including Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, in honor of a 28-year-old former Rhode Islander, who died last year while homeless in San Francisco.
Called the ReMARKable Music Room and Resource Center, the room memorializes Mark Goldstein, who was a versatile musician – performing and writing music in many genres while growing up in East Greenwich and later attending the Rhode Island School of Design and the Community College of Rhode Island.
A fundraising effort sponsored by his parents, Donna and Richard Goldstein, raised nearly $9,000 from 69 donors helped launch the music room, as well as support House of Hope’s mission to find effective solutions to homelessness in Rhode Island. The room is located in a former storefront at House of Hope’s headquarters campus on Post Road, Warwick, and will be shared with other programs.
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House of Hope has officially received Bank of America’s prestigious “Neighborhood Builders” grant for 2015. The two-year $200,000 grant will launch a major food services job training program for homeless men and women, says Jean Johnson, executive director, show here at right, with Bill Hatfield, the bank’s Rhode Island Market President. Hatfield, presenting the award on Nov. 10 at the Chase Center Auditorium, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, said the award has gone to 13 nonprofit organizations in the state since 2007, for a total outlay by bank of $2.6 million. The job training program will utilize new kitchen and dining facilities at House of Hope’s Harrington Hall shelter in Cranston, which is undergoing a major refurbishing. The shelter houses up to 140 men every night. Click to read more
Winter is here and our clients really need your help!
Winter has arrived! We are in dire need of men’s and women’s new underwear, new socks, new undershirts, t-shirts, gloves and hats 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 Dawn Santos at Dawn@thehouseofhopecdc.org, call 401-463-3324 ext 206 or visit our AMAZON WISH LIST to purchase an item now.