Welcoming generation of families since 1887

Fed​eral Hill House

2013 Highlights & Accomplishments

Federal Hill House grew, added programs and received new funding in 2013. We expanded the Parents as Teachers home visiting program with new funding from the Department of Health. We started new health promotion programs for seniors 60 years + with new funding from Department of Elderly Affairs. We received new funding from United Way of Rhode Island for our Early Learning and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs and we secured funding from Champlin Foundation and the City of Providence to continue with capital improvements to our buildings.

​Federal Hill House entered into strategic partnerships that would set a course for agency expansion. Most notable, Federal Hill House launched a new initiative known as Community LinksProvidence (CLP). CLP is a management model that allows nonprofit agencies in Providence to share service, space and build quality programs.

The agency also teamed up with Community Music Works (CMW) to start the Daily Orchestra Program at Federal Hill House. During the academic year, 25 children between 1st and 3rd grade were provided the opportunity to learn string instruments (violin, viola or cello) and play in a center based orchestra. B
ased on the model of El Sistema, the internationally acclaimed youth orchestra and social action program, the Daily Orchestra Program is led by Adrienne Taylor of CMW. The Daily Orchestra Program will be an on-going program partnership.

Here is a list of some of our other accomplishments in 2013:

11,200 bags of food distributed to food insecure individuals and families.

2687 individuals accessed emergency/basic needs services.

​173 children received high quality early learning before/after school and summer camp services.

1323 individuals received hot meals through our Meals on Wheels program and our  Community Soup Kitchen.

413 people age 55 years+ participated in volunteer opportunities designed for community impact.

37 children participated in our Special Olympics Team and Young Athletes Program .

11 children competed in Special Olympics State-wide games.

​71 victims of crime were supported in creating safe living environments, accessing health  services and receiving counseling services.

​2400 clients received free income tax preparation though the Providence EITC/VITA Coalition,  led by Federal Hill House


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.


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.

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.
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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