Lucy’s Hearth was incorporated in 1984 and opened as an overnight shelter with one staff person and a dedicated group of volunteers. As need increased, we became a 24-hour shelter and expanded. In 2007, to broaden our programming and administrative capacity, we affiliated with non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island while remaining a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit agency.
In 2011, for the first time in our history, we were accredited by the Council On Accreditation. We received our re-accreditation in 2014.