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Since 1877, St. Mary's has been caring for Rhode Island's children.  While receiving some support
from the Episcopal Diocese, we are a secular, non-profit agency offering comprehensive treatment programs  for boys and girls traumatized by abuse or experiencing the challenges of psychiatric disorders.  Children are treated and cared for in the residential, educational and out-patient programs located in North Providence, Rhode Island.

At St. Mary's, we focus on treatment and healing while providing the support and skills necessary for the preservation of families with programs tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients.  Whether you are an individual whose child requires special attention, or a representative of a business or government agency, we welcome you to discover more about what our services can do for you and the children you care about.

St. Mary's does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other protected category in accordance with applicable law.





St. Mary's Home for Children is dedicated to helping children who have been affected by violence in their homes or communities and/or who have behavioral health issues. Our vision is to provide the opportunity for each child in our care to become a healthy adult, capable of healthy relationships. Our programs focus on providing children with the skills and strengths they need to cope with family, school and social environments. We provide families with appropriate supports as they strive to create healthy relationships.  We seek to provide children in our care with positive and lasting relationships with adult role models and a permanent home base that they can return to as they need us. We seek to build a strong sense of self worth and raised aspirations for what each child can become.


Our mission is to create an environment of healing and hope for those we serve. Children and families are empowered to develop healthy, trusting relationships. Through an array of residential and community based services, we create effective, lasting partnerships that enable children and adults to lead fulfilling lives.

Beliefs and Values

In short, our beliefs and values are as follows: (Click here for more details)

  • Our services are child centered and family focused
  • Respect and compassion are the hallmarks of our work
  • We commit to the long term healthy development of children
  • We believe family members are an integral part of our clients' lives
  • We commit to employing best practices in our work
  • We will practice continuous quality improvement
  • We value a quality and reliable workforce to fulfill our mission
  • Our employees are the cornerstone of our agency

More details about our beliefs and values


St. Mary's Home for Children opened its doors in 1877 as an orphanage within the Episcopal Diocese. Reverend Daniel Ingall Odell was rector of St. Mary's Church in East Providence, Rhode Island when a couple in the parish died leaving two children. During the same winter, another couple died leaving five children. Father Odell took them in and provided for their care. St. Mary's has always been a non-profit agency, committed to serving the changing needs of children and families.

In 1879, St. Mary's became in incorporated institution, under the name of St. Mary's Orphanage, governed by a Board of Trustees, with the Bishop of the diocese as President.  More


St. Mary's provides 3 categories of services: 1) Residential services; 2) Outpatient and in-home services; and 3) Educational services.  Services include the following:

Residential Services

Provides a continuum of residential care from acute crisis stabilization to longer term care with a clinical team that includes child care workers, masters-level clinicians, nurses and consulting psychologists and psychiatrists.

  • 45 Day Diagnostic Assessment
  • Residential Treatment
  • Assessment and Stabilazation
  • Acute Residential Treatment Services (ARTS)
  • Partial Day Program
  • In-patient Diagnostic Assessments
  • Discharge/Transition Planning

Outpatient & In-Home Services

The most comprehensive program of its kind in Rhode Island, the Shepherd Program provides services for children, adolescents and adults who are victims of sexual abuse or have sexual behavior problems.
Services include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Sexual abuse Assessments
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Treatment Services
  • Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Services
  • Focus on Caregiver Training
  • Enhanced Outpatient Services
  • Parent Education Manual
  • Training and Consultation
  • Child and Family Trama Team, specialty EOS

Educational Services

Provides a highly structured, clinically-based innovative learning environment for residential and day students with learning and behavior disorders.  Individualized programs are designed to enhance each child's ability to learn.  St. Mary's also provides special edcuation and clinical services to middle school students in the Woonsocket Middle School District.

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420 Fruit Hill Avenue North Providence, Rhode Island 02911-2647  Tel: (401)353-3900 Fax: (401)354-7986