Each year, almost 100 women who are homeless and struggling with addiction issues enter Amos House's Recovery-based Shelter Program. The first step to becoming a part of the program is meeting with Program Coordinator, Laura.
This initial meeting and subsequent intake procedure is always meaningful and emotional for Laura because she knows how it feels. In 2008, Laura herself came through this program.
Today Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and will soon begin working toward her Master's degree. She is particularly interested in policy change and has been a vocal advocate in the Rhode Island community for programs that impact those who are working hard for a second chance, including the Fair Chance Licensing Act reform movement, which would allow individuals with past criminal records access to necessary career accreditation.
Why did she choose to stay at Amos House after her journey through this program?
"I'm aware of how hard this process is - I remember how humbling it was to come here and ask for help. But I also know how life-changing it can be and I have faith that these women can do it. People here worked with me and worked on me and loved me when I needed it most. We all need to pay it forward when good things come our way."
We all need to pay it forward when good things come our way. – Laura Harris, Amos House Women's Program Coordinator
Since 2000, Amos House has operated the only recovery-based shelter for the homeless in Rhode Island. Our 15 bed women’s shelter and 20 bed men’s shelter are open to those who are seeking to stabilize their lives, address their addiction, and work to improve their ability to work, engage in healthy relationships, and self-sustain in the community.