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Federal Hill House Association

Who We Are

Federal Hill House is a multifaceted service organization offering programs in five main categories: 
1.Senior Services
2.Early Learning and School Age Care
3.Child & Family Development,
4.Workforce Readiness and
5.Financial Literacy.

Federal Hill House provides vital community based services to adults, children, seniors, and working families.

Our services are designed to provide clients with opportunities to succeed and achieve their life potential. We focus on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintain a commitment to improving the quality of life for all who seek our services.

What We Do

Federal Hill House was founded in 1887 by Alida Sprague Whitmarsh. Originally located in the Mt. Pleasant section of Providence, the agency was known as the Mt. Pleasant Working Girls Club (MPWGC). MPWGC’s purpose was to help female immigrants, primarily Irish,
assimilate to the American culture by immersing them in social and educational activities. Programs included English classes, immigration support, sewing/domestic skills, and painting.

In the early 1900's thousands of Italian immigrants settled in the Federal Hill area. Their basic needs were evident and so the agency moved to Atwells Avenue in 1914, changed its name and continued with its original purpose to help the newcomers adjust to their new surroundings, through social and educational programs. The efforts of those programs helped many future leaders in all walks of life.

Federal Hill House remains one of the oldest centers in Providence and we remain proud of our roots that helped support the basic needs of nearly 40,000 Irish and Italian immigrants. Today we continue to evolve and meet the emerging and urgent needs of the people of Providence. 

We offer help for a continuum of emergency, social and educational services, including emergency food distribution, basic education,
computer training, counseling, senior programs, early childhood learning and after school care, and support for families with young children.

In 2013, the Board of Federal Hill House took bold steps towards building a new system for nonprofit management that encourages shared management, shared facilities, and interlocking programs. Known as Community Links Providence, the Board hopes of achieving greater efficiencies for area nonprofit organizations, starting with Federal Hill House.

Federal Hill House's mission is to improve the quality of life of our clients by providing the best possible human services that promote education, empowerment, and self-sufficiency.

FHH’s vision is to be a leader in the nonprofit sector in Rhode Island by creating programs that are trendsetting on matters of early childhood education, out of school time programming, family support services and workforce development. Programs will be uniquely branded, maintain a cohesive purpose and measure community impact.

1. We believe that all people have a right to adequate food, clothing, housing, high quality education, health care, and personal safety. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to achieve personal success and self-sufficiency.

2. We will uphold the trust placed in us and ensure we adhere to the highest ethical standards,honor our commitments, remain objective and transparent, and respect all of our stakeholders.

3. We will remain true to our mission and work hard to provide exceptional community based services that are driven by client and community need and developed from on our insights, experience, and knowledge.

4. We believe strength is found within our differences. We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

5. We believe that a focus on diversity should include traditional measures like gender, ethnicity, and ability, but should also include appreciation for diversity in thought, style, and approaches to learning.

6. We value the transformative power of partnerships. We will constantly seek and stimulate new approaches to address social, emotional and educational issues that matter most to our clients. Whenever possible, we will work in concert with those who are  
similarly dedicated to improving the lives of people living in our City and State.



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