about us

In 1971, a few young boys were given Shelter with the Brothers of Our Lady of Providence on Whitmarsh Street in Providence, Rhode Island. A Family Court Judge had been concerned that these boys were in danger of being homeless and at risk. The Judge turned to the Brothers for help, since he was aware of their work with young people.

As time went on, more boys came to live on Whitmarsh St. and by 1975, Whitmarsh House became incorporated as a non-profit agency serving the needs of “at risk” youth. At the present time, there are 60 boys and young men ages 12 to 20 receiving residential, educational and treatment services in group homes, an Independent Living Program and a residential program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Our Vision
The Whitmarsh House community shares a vision that each adolescent, adult, or family entrusted to our care will find acceptance, will lead dignified and satisfying lives, and will have hope for a significantly better future.

Our Mission
Whitmarsh House is committed to providing youth, adults with developmental disabilities, and families, with resources and advocacy to foster their development as productive and contributing members of the community. Whitmarsh House accomplishes this through residential and community based care and services.

Program Goals
Whitmarsh House strives to encourage and assist each individual to:

  • identify strengths that can be utilized to achieve personal goals.
  • develop positive and trusting relationships with others.
  • develop a healthy self-esteem and strong self-image.
  • recognize and change harmful attitudes and behavior.
  • fulfill individual potential and develop self-reliance.
  • respect the rights of others and an appreciation of individual differences.
  • exercise control over words, emotions and action
  • practice decision making and accept responsibility for choices.

Admissions and Intake
The Whitmarsh Program contracts with and accepts referrals for placement through the Department for Children, Youth and Families. Residential services are available for male adolescents aged 12-20 who are under the custody of DCYF.

Referrals are also received from the Rhode Island Training School for those residents who will complete their sentences while transitioning back to the community.

Another source of referrals is the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) for adult residents who have developmental disabilities, many of whom are former residents of our group homes.

Office of the Child Advocate