When Sr. Eileen Murphy founded Amos House in 1976 she would never have imagined that 37 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 14 buildings including a restaurant, 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. Our growth has included a 90-Day Recovery- Based Program, ten buildings dedicated to supportive housing, a Mother-Child Reunification Program, culinary and carpentry training program, a literacy center and social enterprise businesses that employ men and women and generate income. 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.
As we head into the next five years of our growth we are focusing our efforts on building a new community center that will consist of a new dining hall, social services offices, and classrooms for our all of our education and training programs. This new space will allow us to meet the changing needs of our community as we continue to fulfill the mission of our campaign, building… and rebuilding Lives.
Eileen Hayes is Amos House’s current and fifth CEO/Executive Director. A period of tremendous growth has taken place at Amos House under her leadership, 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) 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. The agency's staff has grown to over 50 people. 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.
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