Meeting the needs of our communities.
When Sr. Eileen Murphy founded Amos House in 1976 she would
never have imagined that 40 years later the need would have increased by
over 100%. What started as a small soup kitchen to feed 30 -50 men
today consists of a campus of 15 buildings including a new community
center, permanent supportive housing and a mother-child reunification
center. But Amos House, named after the Prophet Amos, has continued to
respond to the ever changing needs of our community.
Eileen Hayes, Amos House's current and fifth CEO/Executive Director,
has led Amos House through a period of tremendous growth, including the
launching of the Amos Culinary Education & Amos Carpentry Training programs, a 90-Day Transitional Housing Program emphasizing recovery from addiction, the Amos House Works social
enterprise (now consisting of three businesses) that employ women and
men and generate income, and the purchase of six rooming houses and
three apartment buildings to house homeless men and women. Under her
leadership, Amos House also added a Literacy Program and Mother Child Reunification Center.
We have moved from a grass-roots soup kitchen to a comprehensive social
service agency with a staff of over 50 employees, more than half of
whom are former residents. We do all of this with a budget less than 4
After over 5 years of hard work, in 2016 we moved into our
new community center. This new facility - with its 29,000 square feet,
consists of a new dining hall, social services offices, and classrooms
for all of our education and training programs. This new space has
allowed us to meet the changing needs of our community as we continue to
fulfill the mission of our campaign, building… and rebuilding Lives.
Today Amos House is a leading social service agency in Rhode Island, managing the largest soup kitchen
in the state, providing social services to over 15,000 people a year
and housing nearly 165 men, women and children a night. More than 500
adults have graduated from its training programs.