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In addition to our work to provide those we serve with nutritious and nourishing meals, McAuley House offers guests a robust array of social services and enrichment programs to help those we serve improve their lives and begin a path to self-sufficiency.

McAuley House Social Services


Rental Vouchers:  Assistance with a portion of a guest's rent in times of financial difficulty


Housing Referrals: Help with finding shelters, section 8, low income and permanent housing with tracking through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)



Medical Vouchers: Prescription assistance for those without medical coverage


Personal Care Closet:  Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, personal care products, assorted toiletries and clothing donated to McAuley House through the generosity of others and distributed to those in need


Transportation Assistance:  Bus passes and single ride tickets for guests, enabling them to get to work, interviews, meal sites, shelters, and medical appointments


Personal Documentation: Help with obtaining IDs, birth certificates, social security, food stamps, and other essential items


Counseling & Crisis Intervention: Compassionate listening of a guest's problems, and offering assistance in any way possible


Emergency Telephone: Telephone use for guests to call potential landlords, employers, physicians and other important contacts


Referrals:  Providing contact information for additional needs such as furniture, utility assistance, mental health treatment, and legal services (a monthly legal clinic is available during the academic year)


Food:  Available through daily meals and a give-away table of breads, canned goods and seasonal produce



McAuley House Programs


McAuley House Art Program:  Kathy King, a local artist, clinical social worker and expressive arts therapist meets weekly with guests who express themselves through drawing, painting and sculpting. Food, flowers and music set the scene for our annual “From the Heart” Art Show, at which guests’ artwork is displayed and sold to the public. Proceeds benefit the artists and Art Program.


Afternoon Enrichment Program:   McAuley House provides meaningful afternoon activities after lunch until 3:30 p.m. These include life-skills, healthy living, music, exercise, games, and arts and crafts. The program is especially geared for those needing meaningful activity before night shelters open with a variety of activities planned each day of the month.


Bible Study:  On Monday mornings, guests gather in our hospitality room with a volunteer to read from the Bible, and to find support and meaning in their daily struggles.


Circle Worship: A retired Roman Catholic priest leads an ecumenical worship circle two times per month in our dining room. Guests reflect on a Biblical passage, sing hymns and pray together.


Health Check:  A Nurse is available several times a month to offer simple medical screenings (weight, blood pressure, diabetes check) and provide contact information and medical resources.


Social Activities:  Guests find a sense of belonging and community through a variety of activities and trips, such as summer visits to the beach in Narragansett and holiday gatherings on Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas. Special cookouts and ice cream social days are planned during the summer, and families who are homeless or of little means enjoy a special “Adopt-a-Family” Christmas gift event.


McAuley House welcomes donations from the community to help us in our mission to provide food, shelter and clothing to the most vulnerable neighbors in need. We ask that all donations be in good condition and clean and carried in small bags or boxes. We cannot take furniture or pick up donations. Keep in mind we serve predominately women and men and some children. Any person interested in donating should plan to bring the items to McAuley House Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., or between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. We do not have storage area and hope to give out what is brought in as quickly as possible. Please be sure to call (401) 941-9013 ext. 302 first before bringing a donation, and please limit your donation to no more than 4 bags at a time.


Through our “Lunch on Us at McAuley House” program, corporate sponsors are invited to make a financial contribution to McAuley House to cover the cost of meals for a full month or part of a month. With this contribution, we welcome a sponsor’s employees to help serve a meal and see first-hand how their donation helps. With our “Lunch on Us” program, McAuley House promotes a sponsor’s generosity by hanging a banner from our front porch that features their name and company logo. We also share our sponsor’s support through photos, digital communications, and social media.




McAuley Ministries 622 Elmwood Ave Providence, RI 02907 Tel: 401-941-9013 Fax: 401-941-6862 About Us Our Ministries Giving & Sponsorship News & Events Volunteer Contact Us

McAuley Ministries

622 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

Tel: 401-941-9013

Fax: 401-941-6862