House of Hope Boutique Originals — Warwick, Rhode Island

House of Hope Boutique Originals provides training and employment for homeless individuals.

House of Hope leads advocacy for the disadvantaged and the homeless, focusing on basic needs first — permanent housing and comprehensive social services.

Women residents from local housing facilities gather several times per week to make different products, including decorative cloth wine gift bags, pouches, and purses.


Founded: 2007

Mission: House of Hope Boutique Originals provides training and employment for homeless individuals.

Description: House of Hope Boutique Originals, or HOHBO, began as a social service/employment development program in 2007. The program started at one of the House of Hope residential facilities, Fran Conway House, as a social service initiative designed to give residents an opportunity to express themselves positively through creativity and to provide a structured environment in which to accomplish a concrete goal. They currently have a workshop in the lower level of Fran Conway House equipped with sewing machines and stocked with raw materials such as fabrics, old jeans, beads, discarded jewelry, etc. The women residents from all of their housing facilities gather several times per week to make different products, including decorative cloth wine gift bags, pouches, and purses. The items are then sold at local craft fairs, beauty shops, local-area liquor stores, and at a community service kiosk at the Warwick Mall on selected dates throughout the year.

House of Hope was "born" in 1989 in a church basement — a small band of social justice activists who saw a need and sought ways to fill it by providing shelter to the homeless in area churches. But that wasn’t enough. House of Hope quickly grew into a nonprofit organization that provides permanent housing so that families and individuals in need would have their own apartments and know that they had a place to come home to every day. Since that modest beginning some 19 years ago, they have bought, built, renovated and currently manage nine multi-unit housing properties, totaling 38 transitional and permanent supportive housing units for homeless adults and families with children.

House of Hope has taken the lead in advocacy for the disadvantaged and the homeless, focusing on basic needs first—permanent housing and comprehensive social services. Today, demands for their services from residents throughout Rhode Island total nearly 3,500 requests per year, in the form of housing, counseling, and referrals for outreach assistance. They hope that you are encouraged, maybe even inspired by their work and will join with us to eradicate homelessness and transform imagination into reality. With your help it can be done…and most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.



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