ProJo: At Providence's Amos House, serving more than just food
The Pine Street facility not only runs the largest soup kitchen in Rhode Island, it provides housing, addiction recovery and job training
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Every day, Amos House tries to turn a tragedy into a miracle, knowing that someone might fall many times before they can pick themselves up.
Jerome Hines was one of those individuals that the Pine Street facility rescued, although the nonprofit would say that Hines did all of the hard work.
Hines, who is 59 and lives in East Providence, had been in and out of prison, smoking crack, robbing houses, when he turned up at Amos House in 2008. He enrolled in a recovery program at Amos, relapsed, returned and got sober for good.
Ten years later, he's the center's dining house manager and a part-time supervisor at Harrington Hall, a homeless shelter in Cranston