Where We Came From

House of Hope CDC has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1989. From grassroots philosophies of a small neighborhood group of socially minded individuals, a shelter unlike any other was born.

We were built on the idea of meeting people where they are, both literally and figuratively, through programs like PATH Street Outreach, Shower to Empower, and the Peer Mentor Employment & Training. We are committed to providing safe and stable housing that focuses on individual services that empower each individual to reach their maximum potential.

Since the start, we have grown into a highly effective, outcome-oriented organization that today buys, builds, renovates and/or manages multiple properties. Some of which include 17 shelter beds, 38 permanent supportive housing units, 58 temporary rental voucher units, 15 winter shelter beds, 8 homeownership projects, and 12 units that are in various stages of development.

In 25+ years of service to our community, we have been  “home” for thousands of homeless adults and families with children.

Community Development Corporation (CDC)

What is a community? A community can be seen as a personal connection that fosters a sense of responsibility and pride for neighbor and neighborhood alike. House of Hope CDC is committed to invoking the true meaning of community. We are a diverse group of people with shared interests. We work together to protect and improve our neighborhoods and the places where people work and children play.

We are proud to be a leading community development corporation (CDC) in Rhode Island. Our compassionate programs and services alleviate the burden of poverty in the West Bay area where we were founded, and beyond.

Who We Are



Deborah Imondi


Executive Director

Laura Jaworski

Vice President

Michael T. Maynard


Brian C.Jones


Anita Sowers

Past President

Stephen M. Miller, Esq.

House of Hope CDC Board Members:

Deborah Baker  •  Roberta Bianco  •  Barbara Canton •  Candy Castaldi • Teresa Foley • Maureen Gallogly

Catherin Giraldo • Wanda Michaelson • Brian McMahon • Carol Rooney • Patricia Wegrzyn McGreen

• Ryan M. Wright

House of Hope Advisory Board Members:

Oliver Brady   •   Father Bob Marciano   •   Scott F. Seaback

John L. Howell   •   The Honorable Philip W. Noel   •   Joseph W. Walsh, Esq.

Community Partnerships – A Team Effort

House of Hope CDC wishes to acknowledge and thank our community partners. Their financial support ensures thousands of Rhode Islanders their own safe warm bed each and every night.

Corporation for Supportive HousingProvidence, RIProvidence, RILocal Initiatives Support Corporation
United WayRhode Island HousingRI DOA Division of PlanningEPISCOPAL CHARITIES
Bank of AmericaWarwick, RICitizens BankOCEAN STATE CHARITIES
US Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentFEMA