Amos House is a nonprofit organization providing food, housing, recovery services and direct emergency services to the homeless and poor of Rhode Island. Amos House works in collaboration with other agencies and groups to address issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty.
Amos House was founded 37 years ago as simply a single house that served hot meals to about a dozen homeless men in the area. Since that time, we have grown to be one of the leading providers in the state serving the homeless. We have over 150 supportive housing units. We serve 600-800 hot meals per day. We help over 200 individuals and families per year successfully complete our 90-day programs and move out of homelessness and into stable and sustainable housing.
Q: Who do you serve?
A: We serve the poor of Rhode Island, the homeless individuals and families of Rhode Island, the hungry individuals and families of Rhode Island and anyone in need of basic services.
Q: What is Amos House’s proudest accomplishment?
A: Each and every individual or family who successfully completes our 90-day program and sustains a life either independently or with family is a proud moment. We have an 85% success rate; folks who stay in our programs for three months or longer have a recidivism rate of less than 5%–well below the state and national averages. This is due primarily to the sense of community that we have created here at Amos House–a home and a place where hope is evident and change is always possible.
Q: What is the organization’s greatest need?
A: To spread the word about all of Amos House’s great programs, educational opportunities, job training, literacy, housing and our social enterprises–businesses with a heart and a goal of improving lives, one at a time and improving our communities in the process.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: We are now in year two of our Mother Child Reunification Program, which has been extremely successful in helping mothers to move out of homelessness and crisis to a place of stability with their children. We are currently building a Fatherhood program based on the same strength model of building on parenting skills and life skills while providing wrap around services needed to support each family and every individual. In addition, we hope to build a new community center where all of our guests can access our services in a warm, safe environment and where our staff and training programs can all be centrally located.