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.
Center for Early Learning
City of Providence
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