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



Better Lives RI is a non-profit agency whose mission is to offer stability, justice, and hope to those in need through advocacy and direct service. This is accomplished through our five program areas. They help people better their own lives by providing hope and support for a better tomorrow and food security and homeless services to get through today.
Food Security

Downtown Food Pantry: Twice a month guests can shop for the food they choose (“client choice”). In summer, They distribute boxes of food geared to children (with no school breakfast or lunch).

Friday Night Community Meal: Guests are served a sit-down dinner and can access programming; legal clinics health screenings, flu shots, nutrition information.

Homeless Outreach Program: Started by a homeless volunteer, he applied best practices of agencies he had once utilized himself. They work with the most marginalized: The newly and chronically homeless People with physical and mental disabilities Prisoners upon release Those suffering from addictions and in recovery. We empower our guests to meet their self-stated goals which include housing, access to health care, benefits, jobs, etc. Our basic needs items include clothing, use of the address, toiletries and photo ID’s. The most important thing we offer is hope and someone who will listen.

Intensive Case Management: They give people hope and help them build their own support system with intensive case management.
SOAR: (SSI/SSDI Outreach and Access to Recovery) This highly intensive program offers a fast track to SSI/SSDI benefits for chronically homeless disabled individuals.

Primary Services:

  • Case/Care Management  [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;
Downtown Meal site: Fri: Doors open at 3:00PM, Meal served at 4:00PM-5:30PM (only PICA site not handicapped accessible);
Homeless Outreach and Supportive Services Hours: Mon-Thu 9:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:30PM.

Intake Process:


Program Fees:

No Fees



Handicap Accessible?



(only PICA site not handicapped accessible)

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