Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Full Resource Name:

Better Lives Rhode Island

15 Hayes Street
Providence, RI 02908

(401) 454-7422



Food Pantry: downtown Providence and in Olneyville.
Meal Site in downtown Providence.
Homeless Outreach Program: This program is open daily from 11-2pm, Monday-Thursday with Friday reserved for appointments. Our staff provides intensive, holistic case management, taking as much time with each guest as is needed, from 15 minutes to an hour. Guests state their needs and the staff empowers them to achieve their goals. We work with the most marginalize people in the City: the chronic and newly homeless; prisoners upon re-entry, people suffering from addictions and those with physical and mental illness. Our staff advocate for housing, medical care, and on legal issues. They also provide basic needs such as clothing, toiletries, phone use, bus passes, assistance with legal documents and prescriptions.

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach and Recovery): This program assists eligible homeless guests in accessing Social Security benefits in an expedited amount of time. Instead of the usual two-three years to access benefits, our staff person has assisted guests in obtaining benefits in 3-4 months. Benefits include a monthly payment, access to subsidized housing, and health care.

Primary Services:

  • Clothing  [Show Definition Details]

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program  [Show Definition Details]

  • Food Pantries  [Show Definition Details]

  • Soup Kitchens  [Show Definition Details]

  • Thanksgiving Meals - [Temporarily Unavailable]   [Show Definition Details]

General Information


Downtown Food Pantry: Mon 12:00-4:00PM, Tues-Fri 9:00AM-1:00PM; Olneyville Food Pantry: Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 10:00AM-2:00PM; Wed 10:30AM-2:30PM;
Downtown Meal site: Fri: Doors open at 3:00PM, Meal served at 4:45PM-6:00PM (only PICA site not handicapped accessible)

Intake Process:


Program Fees:

No Fees



Handicap Accessible?



(only PICA site not handicapped accessible)

Is Shelter?


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