WHAT IS McAULEY HOUSE?
McAuley House is the meal site and house of hospitality of McAuley Ministries. We open our doors at 8am Monday through Friday and welcome guests to join us for a day of food, fellowship, program activities, and much needed social services in a safe and comforting atmosphere.
Programs & Services
ABOUT McAULEY HOUSE
Each day, we provide a self-serve breakfast; a nutritious and nourishing lunch with special ingredients from the Healing Foods Project menu; and a full take-away evening meal following our afternoon enrichment program. All of our guests are served with hospitality, compassion, and dignity in an atmosphere of love and respect. Breakfast is served from 8am to 9:30am; lunch from 11:15am to 1pm; and afternoon program activities are offered from 1:30—3:30pm. McAuley House serves up to 300 people each day.
After a daily prayer of thanksgiving, guests are served lunch “restaurant-style,” one plate at a time. Our chef prepares lunch with creativity and care, using nourishing ingredients of donated and purchased foods. Volunteers plate the food, serve the meals, pour beverages, and provide a selection of desserts. Volunteers then clean the area and make room for more guests to sit and enjoy their meal.
McAuley House also offers a host of support services such as rental assistance, toiletries, clothing, prescription assistance, transportation means, obtaining personal documentation, and referrals to housing and other medical or vocational resources. Guests also are invited to participate in a number of enrichment programs, which provide support, healing and engagement.
Guests of McAuley House live on the streets or in shelters, or have housing and struggle to make ends meet. Many were born into poverty and lack educational and other opportunities. Many are also seniors or persons with disabilities who seek the presence of others so they are not alone. Some of our guests struggle with addictions or mental illness, yet all yearn for a sense of belonging, and for the basic human needs of food, shelter and clothing. We serve adult men and women, as well as families with children. During each day, we schedule personal meetings for our guests to connect with our Outreach Workers where they can share their stories and challenges and receive help in a variety of ways.
If you are in need of service please consult 211.
MEDICAL & RENTAL VOUCHERS
Prescription assistance for those without medical coverage and assistance with part of a guest’s rent in times of financial difficulty.
Available through daily meals and a give-away table of breads, canned goods and seasonal produce.
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).
Bus passes and single ride tickets for guests, enabling them to get to work, interviews, meal sites, shelters, and medical appointments.
Telephone use for guests to call potential landlords, employers, physicians and other important contacts.
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.
Help with finding shelters, section 8, low income and permanent housing with tracking through the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
COUNSELING & CRISIS INTERVENTION
Genuine and compassionate listening of a guest’s problems, and offering assistance in any way possible.
Help with obtaining IDs, birth certificates, social security, food stamps, and other essential items.
McAuley House has a schedule of faith-based group throughout the month open to those who seek comfort in faith. Two times each month a Catholic priest leads an ecumenical worship circle. Guests reflect on a Biblical passage, sing hymns and pray together.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ministries is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the ideals of its founder, Catherine McAuley. Our ministries provide the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, health services, emotional support and guidance, and respect for the most vulnerable in our community through our core values of Hospitality, Compassion, and Dignity.