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Human Services
Foster Town Hall
181 Howard Hill Road
Foster, RI  02825

(401) 392-9208
Fax: 401-397-6926

Carol Mauro
Senior Service Director
Director of Human Services


Department of Human Services
Foster Department of Human Services entrance

In-Town Services Provided by the Department Of Human Services

Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closed on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • In an emergency, call 911

  • GENERAL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE / SNAP FOOD PROGRAM / MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS - Application assistance by Foster DHS and processed by State Office in Cranston (LTC) and DHS office in Woonsocket.
  • DEPT. OF ELDERLY AFFAIRS GRANT - Provides funds for food vouchers; emergency snow removal, emergency fuel assistance, medical assistance, emergency transportation, emergency housing.
  • ELDERLY IN-HOME SERVICES -  Abuse/self-neglect cases are referred to Elder Care Case Management located at Tri-Town Community Action Agency in Johnston.

  • FOSTER FOOD PANTRY – Located in the Foster DHS office, the food pantry provides for households in financial need. USDA commodities are distributed monthly if households meet the income criteria. The food pantry relies totally on donations.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS FUND’ - Private donations are used to assist clients in need of emergency services - heating assistance, food, medical assistance, emergency housing, car repairs, tax assitance, transportation, etc.

  • TEEN FUND – Initiated to assist students in need of funds for class dues, help with school trips, prom tickets/clothes, college application deposits, etc.

  • SALVATION ARMY “Good Neighbor Energy Fund” provides assistance for clients who are over the federal guidelines, but are in need of oil/gas/wood to heat their homes, and for families in jeopardy of having their electrical service terminated.
    ~The SA Service Unit sponsors programs for children going back to School with new backpacks and shoe vouchers. (Private donations are collected for school supplies.) It also provides for unforeseen emergencies.

  • HOLIDAY DISTRIBUTIONS - Need-based programs:
              THANKSGIVING - Food is received from local schools, churches, the Salvation Army, and private donations for distribution baskets. Turkey vouchers are provided by the Salvation Army.                                       
              CHRISTMAS - Gifts are distributed to children whose families are facing financial hardship. Donations for gifts and holiday food baskets are received from public, civic and private donations.
  • OUTREACH WORK - Available to all eligible residents through CCAP - providing food, shelter, clothing, and family health services, daycare, Head Start, all types of counseling, employee assistance program, comprehensive emergency services, etc.
  • VOLUNTEER GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM – available through Cornerstone Agency in Warwick.
  • EMERGENCY FUEL FUND - Helps households in financial crisis. Funding is provided by civic and private donations. Clients must apply for other heating assistance through CCAP and the State’s Energy Office if eligible.
  • CLOTHING CLOSET - Donations provide free clothing and shoes to those facing financial hardship.
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Support and assistance is available through Sojouner House in Providence.
  • LEGAL CLINIC - Meets monthly by apponitment.                       

Updated 2/1/2011


Foster Town Hall • 181 Howard Hill Road • Foster, RI  02825
Phone: 401-392-9200 • Fax: 401-702-5010

Hours: Monday - Wednesday
• 8:30 am - 5:30 pm • Closed Thursdasy and Fridays

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