Peer Mentors Use New Lifesaving Skills to Revive Unconscious Shelter Resident

House of Hope’s Peer Mentor program, a job-readiness program for homeless men and women, includes training in advanced first aid SHORTLY AFTER  10 P.M. ON COLUMBUS DAY, 2015, Regina Perreault, a House of Hope supervisor at Harrington Hall, the big homeless shelter in Cranston, discovered one of the residents unconscious in a shower room. As she phoned 911 to summon paramedics, Perreault also called for Kyle,* 45, another resident of the shelter, to follow her into the shower area. “The gentleman had a bluish, gray color,” Kyle recalls, “and I turned him over to see if he was breathing. He wasn’t.” Kyle applied two strong “rescue breaths,” but still the man didn’t respond. So Kyle began full CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). A fellow resident, Thomas, took the man’s pulse, but couldn’t feel one. Knowing the man had a drug history, Perreault called for Lawton, 29, a resident who was lying on his bunk in the vast rows of beds at the shelter.   She knew Lawton was equipped with Narcan, the drug overdose antidote. Rushing to the shower area, Lawton got ready to administer the antidote, but the needle wasn’t working. He turned to Thomas, who also had a Narcan rescue kit. Lawton calmly plunged the needle into the man, as Kyle continued CPR. Within seconds, Lawton says, the man “came back to life.” By the time the rescue unit arrived, the once-unconscious resident was on his feet, claiming that he was “fine.” To the contrary, Lawton told him, he had to go with the paramedics: “We brought you back from the dead.”      Program provides intensive training HOW WAS IT...

Bank of America Grant to Launch Jobs Plan

House of Hope has been awarded the prestigious “Neighborhood Builders” grant by Bank of America, a $200,000 contribution over two years that will jumpstart a food services job-training program at House of Hope’s Harrington Hall shelter in Cranston. “We’re very grateful for all the work that House of Hope does, and you truly help those in tremendous need,” said Bill Hatfield, Rhode Island Market President for Bank of America, in presenting the grant at a Providence ceremony on Nov. 10. Click here to watch video slideshow of award ceremony “You’ve always been there for us,” said Jean M. Johnson, House of Hope’s executive director, saying Bank for America “has been part of our organization for 26 years, with grants year after year, with board members, with volunteers supporting our events.’’ The award comes as House of Hope is developing a vocational training program for homeless men and women, which is to be centered around the refurbished kitchen and dining areas at Harrington Hall, which is undergoing extensive renovation by the state. Under the plan, shelter residents and other homeless people will operate the kitchen under the direction of a professional chef-educator, preparing meals for the 140 men who stay at the shelter. The training and work experience, in turn, will help participants gain jobs in Rhode Island’s nationally-recognized restaurants and related food services businesses. A potential second phase would be a commercial cafeteria serving the Pastore center, which currently has no central restaurant for the hundreds of people who work at and visit various state agencies housed on the sprawling complex in Cranston.                                                                                            New Role for Harrington Hall...


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.