I am grateful that you are visiting mcauleyri.org to learn more about McAuley Ministries and perhaps considering volunteering or donating to our ministries. Throughout our website, you will find details on our history, programs, testimonials and much more.

The origins of our work dates back to 1975, when a group of Sisters of Mercy founded McAuley House to feed the hungry. A few years later, some of these determined Sisters saw the significant need for housing for homeless single women and children and worked to create McAuley Village in 1990. The Sisters were successful in unifying professionals, volunteers, fellow non-profits, corporations, foundations, donors, and the government to pioneer a time-proven program that uplifts young mothers addresses the social issues of poverty and homelessness in the Providence area. Today, we continue to be supported by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and the dedicated service of many Sisters. Our staff are all lay people who are proud to continue to fulfill the mission in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and their founder Catherine McAuley.

Both McAuley House and Village have expanded services throughout the years, and now offer comprehensive service to all who come to us. In 1996, The Warde-robe in Central Falls joined our ministry and expanded our work into the one of the lowest income communities in Rhode Island to help provide clothing and basic household items to the families of that area. 

The people we serve are a community of men, women, and children who are deeply appreciative of the ever-present mercy, compassion and hospitality shown to them. Donors are the foundation for all our work. Your donation helps us to meet the needs of the chronically homeless, and those that are going through hard times and need the support necessary to achieve a brighter future.

This is hard work. Yet it is also hopeful work. And it is your gift that is vital to our ministry and those who depend on us, because each year, by the Grace of God and the generosity of friends like you, we meet the basic needs of thousands of people who have nowhere else to turn.

I welcome you to call me anytime if you would like to visit me at McAuley Ministries or spend time on the phone. I would be delighted to share with you the good news of what your donation makes possible. I can be reached at (401) 941-9013 x303 or bhaynes@mcauleyri.org.

With gratitude,

Barbara Haynes
Executive Director
(401) 941-9013 ext. 303

About Us

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.


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