Giving voice to the homeless since 2002.
The Helen Hudson Foundation is dedicated to using the power of story to help end homelessness in America. After a decade of raising money for those who are less fortunate, we became an official not-for-profit 501c3 in 2013. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the Foundation continues the legacy of celebrated author, Helen Hudson, whose life and work exhibited a relentless activism: telling the stories that few were willing to tell; providing a platform to those who did not have the power or position to speak.
As a small and evolving Foundation, we are committed to her core beliefs:
1) homelessness is a moral outrage that should not be tolerated; and 2) stories, effectively told, are powerful agents of social change. While uncovering stories about the homeless, our focus remains on outreach; bringing the reality of these challenged lives to a public who may have been influenced by false stereotypes or prejudices. We believe that when the truth is told and the heart engaged, activism can be ignited and change will occur. How best to serve this goal is our ongoing quest. This inquiry is what makes our work both outward-facing and reflective.
What We Do
Homelessness is a solvable problem.
Ending homelessness is not determined by a shortage of effective strategies or even a lack of money. If all stakeholders - service providers, constituents, government, business, landlords, foundations, and citizens - work together to prioritize permanent housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable among us, we can succeed. The Helen Hudson Foundation is committed to supporting and helping to strengthen local advocacy efforts related to homelessness
we Give Back
Dinner at Six: Voices from the Soup Kitchen
As a Foundation, we are committed to giving back to the community; to support the good work of those who are on the front lines of the fight to end hunger and homelessness. We do this by distributing, free of charge, Helen Hudson's seminal book, Dinner at Six: Voices from the Soup Kitchen. To date, the campaign has been utilized by over one-hundred organizations and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the hungry and homeless.
we SPeak out
StoryPower: Voices from the Street
StoryPower is an educational program of The Helen Hudson Foundation for Homeless America that presents true stories from people who have experienced homelessness. StoryPower brings together a group of volunteer speakers who hope that their stories will encourage more people to act to end homelessness.