Domestic violence shelter for women.
Emergency crisis phone number: 401-861-2760.
The Women's Center of Rhode Island (WCRI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Founded in 1974, the Women's Center of Rhode Island is a nationally recognized agency for promoting a violence free America .
They are the only center in the Providence/East Providence area serving individual women as well as mothers and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
Since 1995, they have been the proud recipients of 28 prestigious awards and citations for their service to the community.
The Women's Center of Rhode Island's Residential Services Program provides shelter to women and children that are victims of domestic violence.
When woman and children enter the program, they receive basic needs including shelter, food and clothing.
After an adjustment period residents work with Case Managers to develop individual goals to work on during her stay.
The goals typically include housing, legal, and medical needs as well as literacy and education, job training and employment needs and child/parenting education if applicable.
The goal is to help the resident define her own plan in becoming self sufficient including planning and budgeting for the future.
As part of their support services, each woman is encouraged to attend the group sessions offered including expressive arts therapy, domestic violence support and education, financial empowerment, parenting education and the weekly house meeting.
In addition, the client meets weekly with their Residential Advocate to review and refine their plan for independence.
Located in an urban setting, the WCRI is accessible by public transportation and is in close proximity to schools, healthcare centers, a recreation center, parks and a library. The shelter is wheelchair accessible, with elevator access to all four floors.
It has 13 bedrooms accommodating 40 beds, 14 bathrooms, a common-use lounge per floor, 2 licensed kitchens, a patio/courtyard, a childcare center and playground.
The WCRI encourages women to carry on normal activities as long as immediate safety is not compromised.