6/9/2021 – Is COVID behind us yet? We’re still here for you!

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It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and all of our lives. One thing that didn’t change is Federal Hill House’s commitment to meet the needs of our community. We’re still here for you whether you need assistance or you are able to help, either in person socially distanced or virtually. We’re looking forward to a brighter future as we expand and improve our programs and services.

We continue to follow health and safety guidelines provided by the CDC and the RIDOH. Masks are still required of everyone that comes to and through our doors as well as maintaining social distance. Enhanced daily screening and cleaning protocols are still in place.

Our food pantries stayed open throughout the pandemic. Demand for food and basic needs assistance doubled and remains high. We have not had to turn anyone away. The Swiss Street Pantry at 35 Swiss Street is open Tuesday-Friday 9am-1pm, and the Olneyville Food Center at 261 Manton Avenue is open Tuesday/Friday 9am-2pm and Wednesday/Thursday 9am-5pm. Groceries are pre-packaged in bags and boxes that are ready to grab and go.

We are open for child care for ages 18 months to 12 years with availability in both our Early Learning Center (ELC) and School Age Child Care (SACC) programs. We are in the process of expanding our ELC by adding an infant classroom (12 months old) and a RI state pre-K classroom. For more information or to enroll in the Early Learning Center, contact Bailey Kent at bkent@federalhillhouse.org.
Our SACC program is also expanding by moving over to the Swiss Street Campus where there will be plenty of room to focus on academics, do science and arts activities, and play sports and games on our beautifully redone basketball court and playground. For the summer, our SACC program will provide academic support through BellXcel curriculum that will combat learning loss due to the school break, distance learning, and the pandemic and will also be enriched with fun indoor and outdoor activities and field trips. During the school year, we provide transportation to and from local schools and support for distance learning. For more information or to enroll in SACC, contact Ja’Nell Henry at jhenry@federalhillhouse.org.

For our youngest program participants, our Parents as Teachers and Providence Talks programs continue to provide support to parents with children age 0-4. Our parent educators now do virtual check-ins and playgroups, read alouds on Youtube, and provide online educational resources and activity guides. We grew our team of parent educators to expand our capacity and are now able to serve more families. Visit Providence Talks’ new website www.providencetalks.org or email Patricia Castillo at pcastillo@federalhillhouse.org for more information. For Parents as Teachers, email Yuberka Jimenez at yjimenez@federalhillhouse.org.

Through a virtual drop-off process, our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program prepared over 700 tax returns for free for the 2021 tax filing season that ended on May 17th. Together with our Providence EITC/VITA Coalition, including Amos House, Center for Southeast Asians, Capitol City/Lillian Feinstein Senior Center, Genesis Center, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, and Providence Spanish SDA Church, we prepared a total of 3,468 tax returns bringing $5,397,127 in refunds to our community. Center for Southeast Asians will continue to prepare tax returns throughout the year, and you can schedule an appointment by calling them at 401-274-8811.

Our onsite senior services continue to be limited but we found many ways to support our seniors staying safe at home including through deliveries of groceries and staples, virtual wellness check-ins, and technology access and training. Our seniors have returned for outdoor exercise classes and in person technology training. Contact Allori Fernandes at afernandes@federalhillhouse.org to learn about the opportunities and support that we have for seniors.

The pandemic is not over and we should all continue to do our part in keeping each other safe. Our COVID-19 Advocate can connect you with information and resources as well as help you schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. Email Amy Collins at acollins@federalhillhouse.org if you need COVID help.

Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) assist in making referrals throughout our agency as well as beyond to our partners in the community. They provide information and resources for a variety of programs and services including rental/utility assistance, healthcare and health insurance, and mental health services. If you are struggling to get the help that you need, you can count on Federal Hill House to connect you. Email Allori Fernandes at afernades@federalhillhouse.org to be connected with a CHW.

Allori Fernandes also has information on volunteer opportunities at Federal Hill House. If you currently find yourself in a place where you would like to give back, we have volunteer opportunities available in our food pantries, with our seniors, and around our grounds.

For more information about our ongoing services, please call 401-421-4722. Follow our Facebook for the latest at Federal Hill House. #YouBelongHere

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