Manny’s Story

Manny’s Story

A popular bartender in Providence for over 20 years, Manny Gomes’ life was changed when a car crash left his leg badly damaged. During recovery, he took oxycodone for the pain and turned to heroin when his prescriptions ran out. A quick downward spiral left Manny living on the streets until one cold night in 2005. Sleeping in a dumpster, Manny woke to the rumbling sound of his dumpster being emptied into a refuse truck. Manny called for help as the truck broke bones and puncture a lung.  After a three month stay in the hospital, Manny returned to the streets until a friend told him about House of Hope. After an interview with the former executive director, Jean Johnson, Manny was offered an apartment at the Fran Conway House, on of House of Hope’s affordable housing buildings, and was able to qualify for disability and enroll in methadone treatment. Manny moved into permanent housing and kept busy doing landscaping and helping neighbors. He did so much for his community that he had become known as the Mayor of Apponaug. Manny also served on the Board of Directors for House of Hope. On November 28, 2016, after a long battle with Cancer, Manny peacefully passed away at Kent County Hospital. He is sadly missed by many.  ...


House of Hope made it big! With the generous support of Cimini & Company, along with a donation from Lamar, our first billboards showing our new logo could see alongside Route 10 and Park Avenue.

25th Anniversary Celebration

House of Hope celebrated 25 years of helping our homeless with honorary chair Governor Noel on May 15th, 2014. More than 200 friends and supporters both old and new helped to celebrate our successes and our future while raising more than $65,000 for HOH to continue its mission to end homelessness in RI. The 200 attendees were given the first view of the organization’s new video and logo and learned of the organization’s history in the city of Warwick and as a statewide provider of housing and social services for the homeless. Governor Noel, the keynote speaker, concluded the evening by asking guests to continue to support an organization that is, “saving lives every day.” “The event was a huge success,” says Jean Johnson, the organization’s Executive Director, who founded the organization in 1989 with founding Board members Carol Rooney and John Rooney. “Not only was it a good event at a beautiful venue, but we were able to raise some much-needed funds to continue to provide the services we do and remain a strong organization.” Johnson said another goal of the event was to raise awareness about the organization, which has struggled to keep name recognition, especially outside of Warwick. “We do a lot and have helped so many people. And we’re helping to rebuild the City of Warwick and other neighborhoods across the state. In a lot of ways, we’ve become one of the state’s best-kept secrets. It’s time for us to shine a little.”...


Rhode Island Public Radio shared stories of homeless and formerly homeless people in our state. Manny Gomes and Carleton Freese’s stories were recorded when StoryCorps visited the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.