Amos House breaks ground on new community center

By: Melissa Randall
mrandall@abc6.com

Amos House will soon have a new home. The Providence non profit social services agency that works with the Rhode Island’s less fortunate officially broke ground Monday for a community center that will be built on Pine Street. The organization says it simply had run out of room.

“As we’ve grown over the last 15 years web been rent in space in various parts if the city to house our programs and we never expected when that building was built that wed serve 800 meals a day,” said Eileen Hayes, President of Amos House.

Construction of the new four level building will help people like Rebecca Mullen, a mother from Providence who came to Amos House to better her life after leaving a domestic violence situation.

“I see it as a humbling event because there are a lot more people less fortunate than us at thus point and with this new program they will have chances that we had,” she said.

The $6 million project is being paid for by a combination of federal funding, loans and donations. It will provide additional seating for meals, create a space dedicated to social services, allow more students to be accepted to vocational programs and consolidate administrative space to free up rooms in other buildings.

About 1,500 Rhode Islanders come through Amos House each year.

“In addition to celebrating Amos House and meeting the need I hope well all take a minute to reflect on and commit our selves to solve that divide so that we can be a country which everyone gets a fair shot,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D- Rhode Island.

Construction is already underway. They hope to have the project complete by this time next year.

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