Several Rhode Island community agencies provide services for men and women returning to their communities after incarceration. You can call or visit any one of the agencies for a wide range of services.
Address: 460 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-272-0220 Website: https://www.amoshouse.com
Amos House is a multi-service agency that provides job training programs in customer service, building trades and culinary as well as housing, meals and other social services.
Their programs include:
- 90 Day Transitional Housing
- Soup Kitchen
- Workforce Training
- Literacy Training
- Substance Abuse Referrals
- Supportive Housing
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Mother-Child Reunification Program
- ID & Birth Cert. Assistance
- Housing Referral Assistance
- Prescription Assistance
- Amos House WORKS
- Culinary Education (ACE)
- Carpentry/Maintenance Training (ACT/AMP)
- Project RENEW
- Financial Opportunity Center
Address: 265 Oxford Street, Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-785-2320 Website: https://www.nonviolenceinstitute.org/
The Nonviolence Institute offers direct support and resources for community members that are directly impacted by violence, as well as nonviolence training, and employment programs for young adults. They represent the needs of their clients and communities on a municipal, state and federal level through direct action and advocacy on legislation. Their Streetworker Outreach Team works every day in Providence and Pawtucket to understand the dynamics of gang violence, to support young people in making nonviolent choices, and to mediate potential conflicts that could lead to violence.
Address: 1 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-442-9795 Website: https://www.reentrycampusprogram.org/
The mission of the Reentry Campus Program is to provide currently and formerly incarcerated individuals with an affordable pathway to accredited post-secondary education and certification programs that are infused within the reentry process. Education is crucial to successful reentry.
The most cost affordable accredited degree option available to individuals inside and outside of prison. This program provides currently and formerly incarcerated men and women with assistance in finding affordable post-secondary education and certification programs. They have a program through Roger Williams University to provide reduced cost courses both inside the ACI as well as outside for those who are released.
You can apply online at https://www.reentrycampusprogram.org/sign-up
Reentry Campus also provides reentry services to their registered students at the ACI starting six months before their release. Contact James Monteiro for more information.
Address: 485 Plainfield Street, Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-781-5808 Website: www.opendoorsri.org
OpenDoors provides services and advocacy to people with criminal records. They can help you find a job; find stable and affordable housing; begin or continue substance abuse treatment; handle financial commitments such as court fines and child support; file your taxes; register to vote; apply for state IDs, food stamps, SSI, and other programs; connect with others who share similar experiences; and get involved and influence decisions that affect you.
Their walk-in resource center accepts drop-in visits from any formerly incarcerated person. They maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive file of resources in major life areas such as housing, employment, education, medical, mental health, substance abuse, and transportation. Clients can use their telephone or computer lab to communicate with employers, family members, and probation or parole officers. The resource center has a full schedule of programming, ranging from job readiness to financial literacy to support groups. They can also serve as a temporary address.
The Resource Center is currently open Monday through Friday from 9am – 4pm and occasionally on weekday evenings and for special events.
Directions: Take RIPTA bus #19 from Kennedy Plaza
In addition to the agencies who offer support for those reentering into the community, many Rhode Island communities have Community Action Programs (CAP) that offer a variety of services for low income individuals. Depending on the specific agency, services might include: adult education and training, heating assistance, food pantries, financial education classes, parent education classes, assistance with income tax preparation, and services for seniors among others.
Here is a list of CAP agencies in Rhode Island. Contact your local CAP agency for the services they provide.