History

For nearly 30 years, Newport County residents have embraced Lucy’s Hearth, stocking its shelves with greatly needed clothing, toys, and food.

Our History

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.

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