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 provides excellent case management and support services to those experiencing chronic homelessness. Much of our work is delivered in properties that we have renovated ourselves, and in turn made available as affordable rental units.

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


Michael Maynard


Executive Director

Laura Jaworski


Josh Gorra


Anita Sowers


House of Hope CDC Board Members:

Deborah Imondi  •  Deborah Baker  •  Candy Castaldi  • Wang Sherpa

Patricia Wegrzyn McGreen  •  Tom Beverly  •  Nicole Bush  •  Father Alfred Zadig

Emmett Hardiman  •  Julia Noguchi  •  Kenya Fullen  •  Leo Cepeda  •. Julie Goulet

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