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Please enjoy this video commemorating our 125 years of service, featuring  former Executive Director Nina Pande and former Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

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 is one of the oldest community 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 serve more than 2,500 people each year through a continuum of opportunities and supports across the lifespan.  


Federal Hill House strengthens family and community life in Providence through education, opportunities, and support for our neighbors. 

Thank You to Our Partners & Supporters

Center for Early Learning

City of Providence

Community MusicWorks

Corporation for National and Community Service

June Rockwell Levy Foundation

Living Well Rhode Island 

Providence VITA/EITC Coalition

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs

Rhode Island Department of Health 

Rhode Island Department of Human Services

Rhode Island Foundation

Rhode Island Legislative Grant

Rhode Island Office of SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)

United Way Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

WIC Program at St. Joseph's Health Center

​​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, basic needs, and financial literacy. Programs will be uniquely branded, maintain a cohesive purpose, and measure community impact.



Welcoming generation of families since 1887

Fed​eral Hill House