Our Emergency Shelter Program is located at 19 Valley Road in Middletown, Rhode Island. Six families with children may be accommodated at any one time in the efficiency units with includes beds, a bureau, a full bathroom, and a closet. The families share use of a kitchen, television room, dining room, playground and a learning center.
Eligibility requirements for families include: be at least 18 years old and have a minor child in custody, and be homeless.
Before acceptance into the emergency shelter, families must:
— complete a telephone screening with United Way 2-1-1 and be placed on the Statewide Family Shelter Waiting List;
— should respond within 2 hours to a call from Lucy’s Hearth when they call to report an opening;
— must provide various documents, including birth certificates and other identification, health insurance cards if any, and financial and housing history records.
Emergency Shelter services include:
— crisis intervention,
— life-skills group,
— a daily goal-setting group,
— case management,
— parenting skills groups,
— financial literacy education,
— preparation for testing for a General Equivalency Degree (GED),
— mental health treatment,
— job readiness skills development,
— nutrition classes,
— after-school homework help,
— art classes,
— fitness classes,
— transportation to appointments,
— referrals to outside providers for education, training, medical care and additional mental health treatment.