PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Homeless assistance agency Amos House is launching a public capital campaign, looking for donations so they can build a new building.
“We hope to be able to train more people,” said Amos House president and CEO Eileen Hayes at a kickoff event Monday morning. “Ultimately, what we have to do is help people move from homelessness to self-sufficiency,” and to help people take care of their families as well.
The new, bigger community center will include classrooms and training rooms, a bigger dining hall, social services offices and a dayroom for guests; and will give operators the ability to feed more people, as well as give guests a sense of community, Hayes said.
The project has raised $3.5 million so far, but still needs $1.5 million to go forward. They hope to start construction within the next twelve months.
Amos House hadn’t been looking at building a new building, but the organization has grown so much over the past fifteen years, Hayes said, that they’ve outgrown the current space on Friendship Street.