July 6, 2019



Downtown Food Pantry (Est. 1974)

Serving all of the greater Providence area, guests can access the Pantry twice a month and shop from the shelves for the food they choose to eat (“client choice”). During summer months, we also distribute boxes of food geared to children (with no school breakfast or lunch during summer break).

Downtown Food Pantry hours: Mon 12-4; Tues-Fri: 9-1. We are located across the street from the Providence Place Mall at 15 Hayes Street in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Better Lives RI serves over 6200 people monthly with this service.

Friday Night Community Meal for the Homeless (Est. 1979)

Guests are served a sit-down dinner by volunteers with care and respect. In addition to the meal, we offer programming nearly every week geared to our guests. Programs include a free legal clinic monthly; health screenings; flu shots, and outreach by health care providers and SNAP

Friday Night Meal Site hours: doors open at 3pm; meal is served from 4-5:30pm. Located at 134 Mathewson St downtown.

Better Lives RI feeds between 175-200 people weekly.


Homeless Outreach Program (Est. 2004)

Started by a homeless volunteer, he applied best practices of agencies he had once utilized himself and developed this program into the largest provider of intensive case management in the Downtown. We are client centered working with the most marginalized in the city: The newly and chronically homeless People with physical and mental disabilities Prisoners upon release Those suffering from addictions and in recovery. We empower our guests to meet their self-stated goals which include housing, access to health care, benefits, jobs, etc. Our basic needs items include clothing, use of the address, toiletries and photo ID’s. The most important thing we offer is hope and someone who will listen.

Homeless Outreach and Supportive Services Hours:
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30-12 and 1-3:30. Closed Friday
Located at 15 Hayes Street, Providence


Intensive Case Management

We give people hope and help them build their own support system with intensive case management. All people navigating services get intensive case management to facilitate their success.

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach and Access to Recovery), (Est. 2010)

This highly intensive program offers a fast track to SSI/SSDI benefits for chronically homeless disabled individuals. Obtaining benefits in 4-5 months instead of 2-3 years. We have a case manager dedicated strictly to SOAR.