Lucy’s Hearth was incorporated in 1984 and opened as an overnight shelter with one staff person and a dedicated group of volunteers. As need increased, we became a 24-hour shelter and expanded. In 2007, to broaden our programming and administrative capacity, we affiliated with non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island while remaining a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency.
In 2011, for the first time in our history, we were accredited by the Council On Accreditation. We received our re-accreditation in 2014.
In 2016, Lucy’s Hearth moved into a newly renovated facility located at 19 Valley Road in Middletown. The 9,300 square foot building situated on 2.2 acres contains 16 efficiency and one-bedroom units for families, updated common areas, staff offices and donation center. The newly renovated common areas for the families include a commercial kitchen, dining room, indoor play area, learning center, teen lounge and two playgrounds. The donation center includes space for clothing, household items, toiletries, infant care supplies and food.