Be a Part of our Team!

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team click here.  The Human Resources Department at our affiliate Family Service of Rhode Island assists us with recruiting.



What we Need… What we Always Need

Lucy’s Hearth NEEDS the following items:
Pots and Pans
oven mitts
deodorant (women and men)

Lucy’s Hearth is ALWAYS IN NEED of the following Items:\
Twin Size Fitted Sheets
Size 6 & 7 diapers, Pull ups 4T/5T
Baby Wipes
Crib Sheets
Bath Towels
Face Cloths
Regular Size Toiletries (not hotel size): shampoo, conditioner, body wash

Please contact us at 401-847-2021 for additional information.



Beginning immediately, Lucy’s Hearth is only accepting donations of needed essential items such as twin sheet sets, towels, food and monetary donations.  We are preparing and packing for our move this Fall to our new facility at 19 Valley Road Middletown, RI. We would like to thank our donors who continue to support our program. Lucy’s Hearth has been helping the community for over 31 years and with the help of our neighbors and their generosity we are looking forward to continue serving the community in our new location.

Mother’s Day 2016

Lucy’s Hearth is pleased to honor the following women through our 2016 Mother’s Day Appeal.

In Memory of:

Helen Chadwick honored by Sara Chadwick
Elizabeth O. Palmer Little
Marie Kirsch Schilling honored by Susan Erstling
Rose Martino
Peggy honored by Rachel Cocroft
Dorothy Favano
Nancy Leiter Clagett honored by Juliette C. McLennan
Mrs. Thomas F. Roche
Norma Basinger Leblanc
Diana A. Campagna
Joanne K. Woodland
Susan Weiss

In Honor of:

Stephanie Farmer honored by Malcolm Farmer
Semia Gorman
Esther Martin
Emily Flaherty honored by Maureen Kerrigan
Jane Becker
Dr. Edyth Malin
Teresa Stritzinger
Virginia McMillian honored by Cynthia and David Jaqua
Chris Gleason
Lorilyne Pinkerton
Myrna George
Barbara B. Campbell
Betty Mello honored by Ian and Jennifer Barrera
Ann R. Croft honored by Kati Machtley
Mary Machtley honored by Kati Machtley
Sue Klau honored by James Klau
Jane Connerton

Marion Pierce
Patrick Burke


Lucy’s Hearth Kicks Off Building Campaign

Lucy’s Hearth has launched a statewide building campaign called “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” to
to raise $2.5 million by August 2016 to assist the shelter in moving to a new location at 19 Valley Road, Middletown.

Photo of new Lucy's Hearth Building at 19 Valley Road, Middletown.  Move in is planned for last 2016

Photo of new building taken just before June 29th, 2015 kick off celebration.

Read details about the campaign and find a link to donate by clicking here.

Read the Providence Journal‘s coverage of the campaign kick-off by clicking here.

Watch video from WPRI Channel 12 by clicking here.

Read a post on the NBC 10 website here.


Lucy’s Hearth’s Program Director Needs Your Vote!

Lucy’s Hearth’s program director Jennifer Barrera needs your help so Lucy’s Hearth can receive a $15,000 grant from Harlequin Books.

She’s a 2015 nominee, along with four others, for the “Harlequin More Than Words” award.  Voting continues on-line through 11:59 a.m. Thursday, June 11 to determine the three nominees who will receive $15,000 each to direct toward their favorite charities.  In Jennifer’s case, it’s Lucy’s Hearth, a much-beloved Middletown-based program for homeless mothers and their children.

You can vote every 24 hours until the 11:59 a.m. June 11 deadline at

All the nominees were nominated by authors.  Jennifer was nominated by her cousin, Newport native Marie Force, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today best-selling author.

“I was delighted to nominate my cousin Jennifer for this well-deserved award, and I’m thankful to my publisher, Harlequin, for recognizing real-life heroines like Jen who are making such a difference for their communities,” she said.

“We are most thankful for this nomination and urge everyone to please vote today and vote often,” said Susan Erstling,PhD, chair of Lucy’s Hearth’s board of directors.

2015 Mother’s Day Honorees

We are pleased to present the following people who are being honored through a donation to the 2015 Mother’s Day Appeal.  The Mother’s Day Appeal is a project of the Friends of Lucy’s Hearth.

In Memory of:

Anne R. Littlehale Grinnell

Dorothea Elliot Hamilton

Ellen Dennett

Jeannette Magnan

Edna Boretti

Florence McCanna

Helen Chadwick

Marie Kirsch Schilling from Susan Erstling

In Honor of:

Elizabeth Atlee Trainor

Jane Hunt

Janet Shea

Janet McCarthy

Peg Bierden

Courtney Weir from David Sklarz & Lisa Gladding

Ilene Silverman


Liz Bollard

Rachel Cocroft

Paul Callahan

Susan McCoy

Barbara L. Nash

Edward P. Gosling

Glenn and Kirstie Gardiner

Francine Clark

Malcolm Farmer III

Winkle Kelly

Lucy’s Hearth Planning For A New Home!

The Board of Directors of Lucy’s Hearth has been hard at work planning for a new facility to house Lucy’s Hearth.  Program Director, Jennifer Barrera says ” the current building has served us well but it is time for a new facility.”  The new facility will not only house more families and provide them with updated living spaces but will also be more efficient to operate.

Lucy’s Hearth New Building Campaign Brochure fnl 03-2015

Help us celebrate during the holiday season!

Help us celebrate during the holiday season!


The holiday season is the busiest time of the year at Lucy’s Hearth!  There are so many opportunities to help, we have made a TOP TEN list:


TOP TEN Things you can do to help out at Lucy’s Hearth this holiday season:

1) Volunteer to help with the Adopt-a-Family Program.  Volunteers are needed daily beginning December 15th to help organize and label gifts as they are delivered – please call (401)847-2021 to sign-up.

2) Cook a meal.  Come to Lucy’s Hearth and prepare a warm, hearty meal.  The moms would be grateful to have a helping hand and a ‘night off’ from cooking.

3) We have more than 20 children in residence this holiday season.  Come in and share a holiday craft with the kids.

4) Holiday baking?  Come join our older kids and help them bake a holiday treat.

5) Polar Express… come share your favorite children’s holiday story and bring a special snack.

6) We need Mom gifts!  We are collecting trinkets for moms so that we can set up a ‘Santa’s Workshop’ where kids can shop for a special gift for their mom and wrap it.

7) Speaking of wrapping... we have a very small amount of wrapping to do.  Just kidding… we have a LOT of wrapping – donate one hour of your time or a couple of hours.  Every little bit helps our families have a magical Christmas!

8) Stuff our stocking!  We have a lot of stocking to hang by the chimney with care… donations of small stocking stuffers and treats are always needed.

9) Donate.  Make your annual end of the year financial gift to Lucy’s Hearth.

10) Donate your time and talent!  Lucy’s Hearth is simply a large home with lots of ‘family members.’  Come and share your talents and holiday traditions with us!

Happy Holidays!

Donations During the Holidays

Donations During the Holidays


Effective November 17th we are only accepting donations for the holidays.  Due to limited storage, we will not be accepting clothing and other household items.  We anticipate that we will be accepting regular donations after the new year.  Please check the website to learn when we will begin accepting regular donations again.  If you have addition questions, please contact us! ~ Happy Holidays


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