In 1984, Lucy's Hearth opened its doors as an overnight shelter with a one-person staff and shoestring budget of about $20,000.
Today, in a rented space once occupied by the St. Lucy's Church Convent, a dedicated three-person staff, a core group of volunteers and community donations help Lucy's Hearth provide 24-hour emergency and transitional shelter services to mothers and their children who are homeless due to economic hardship, family crisis, divorce, eviction or a lack of safe, affordable housing in the area.
The shelter can accomodate nine families at a time, each with their own separate bedroom. Residents share a living room, dining room, large kitchen, library, playroom and meeting room for classes, workshops and special events. A secure backyard provides a safe play area for the children.
Additionally, the Hearth maintains three transitional apartments and provides outreach services to former residents.
- Lucy's Hearth accepts donations of new and used items that help support operations at the shelter or assist residents in furnishing their own apartments in their transition.
- Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment only. Please call ahead at (401) 847-2021.
- Donors are strongly encouraged to call ahead prior to drop-offs, due to limited storage space and varying needs of residents.
Thanksgiving: Turkeys or preferably gift cards for a turkey, fresh vegetables (potatoes, squash, celery, green beans, corn,) stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pies, nuts, olives.
Christmas: Each year, the Hearth is grateful for the ability to provide Christmas gifts for our 9 families at the shelter as well as over 80 other former resident families, made possible by the generosity of the community.
- Hours: * 24-hour shelter services are provided. * Donations are accepted Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm and on weekends by appointment only. Call for more details and to find out the specific needs of the shelter.
- Founding Date: 1/1/1984
- Parking: Free lot
- Scope: Local, Regional
- Type: Child welfare, Homelessness and housing