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.