About Amos House
Meeting the needs of our communities.
A family in our Mother Child Program enjoying the sunshine in the yard.
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 and Maintenance 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 million dollars.
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.