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McAuley Village is a two year family-building transitional housing program for single mothers and their children. Our program uses innovative and proven models to move families in to self-sufficiency, and over the past five years, we have had a success rate three times that of the national rate.

 

Continuing to advance the ideals of Catherine McAuley, we inspire and equip women to move out of poverty.  Our rigorous program requires improving education, business readiness training, computer and financial literacy, social services and parenting classes. Families live in a secured building featuring 23 apartments and have access to an on-site gym and child care center.

 

 

The Village program recognizes the unique background and needs of our families. Working closely with our moms, Individualized Plans for Success are developed and reviewed quarterly to best meet the needs of the families and to ensure a positive outcome in moving to permanent housing.  Supportive services are tailored to meet individual needs and may include specialized tutoring in English, help navigating DHS and the public school system, and partnering with DCYF or domestic violence counselors.

 

Since 2012, our Village graduates have become CNAs, nurses, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and school bus drivers. Others have been trained in early childhood education and secured employment in child care centers.  We have residents who have graduated from CCRI, RIC, Roger Williams, and Brown University. We are proud to say that 90 percent of former residents have not re-entered the homeless system, and have instead moved into stable, sustainable lifestyles.

 

Committed to the plight of the poor, the Sisters of Mercy became aware of the need for safe and affordable housing in Providence, particularly for homeless single mothers and their children.

 

In response to this need, Sr. Dolores Crowley embarked on a campaign to raise funds for the McAuley Village project through grant-writing, seeking individual donations, and with a special “Buy-a-Brick” campaign at the Rhode Island State House. From this, McAuley Village was born, when ground was broken on the corner of Niagara Street and Cadillac Drive for a 23-unit apartment building with on-site child care and offices for support services. It made the dream of creating a safe and caring home where women and children could learn to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty a reality.

 

In January of 1990, Sr. Antonia Tognetti was hired as administrator and Sr. Christina Costigan joined staff to manage the Child Care Center. Shortly after, Sr. Holly Cloutier was named residential services coordinator in preparation of the Village’s opening. She began interviewing prospective tenants, and more than 300 applications flooded in.

 

McAuley Village officially opened its doors in June of 1990. An early program offered mentoring, in which nurses, social workers and other volunteers guided Village residents. They offered financial advice, listened, and sometimes formed lasting relationships that endured through the years. In 1992, Nancy Carignan became administrator of McAuley Village.

 

 

By the 2000s, McAuley Village had expanded its support system with the addition of a Housing Advocate, helping women navigate the labor intensive system of housing applications as they approached completion of the Village program. It is during this time that the Village also begins offering children a variety of enrichment activities aimed at improving their lives. Children start to enjoy dance classes, art projects, and field trips. Through a new partnership with Rhode Island College, our children are exposed to a college environment and realize the goal is within reach.

 

Today, McAuley Village continues to seek ways and develop avenues to improve the services provided to resident families. Mentors volunteer regularly and work one-on-one with families, assisting with mock job interviews, classes to improve English skills, and tips on parenting and housekeeping.  The Dress For Success Boutique provides mothers a place to pick out a complete ensemble for interviewing. Additionally, volunteers from Citizens Bank offer financial counseling programs, and there are on-site internships and a resident-run event committee.

 

McAuley Village is committed to build strong, robust programs for resident families so all who come through our doors can become self-sufficient and free from poverty.

The History of McAuley Village

McAuley Ministries

622 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

Tel: 401-941-9013

Fax: 401-941-6862