The mission of Hamilton House is to enhance members’ lives through stimulating interaction with ideas and friends in an adult learning center and to connect them with opportunities to serve the community.
Dr. Raymond Gibson, minister of Central Congregational Church, had an idea and an 1896 French Chateau bequeathed to the church. The house needed work and after many months attempting to sell the place plans were made to raze the property and build a parking lot. Good timing for Dr. Gibson’s eureka moment.
In 1972 Hamilton House opened its doors for the first-time inviting people 55+ interested in getting together with others to nurture ideas and share life experiences.
The idea transformed into a self-propelled phenomenon and soon became an integral part of many Rhode Islanders lives. A simple idea – provide a setting (Chateau offered by the Church) to people who thought of retirement as a time for enrichment of mind, body and soul.
In 46+ years it’s estimated that more than 5,000 people from Rhode Island have participated in classes, meals programs, exercise groups, discount travel excursions or countless other gatherings offered by Hamilton House. Folks from every RI neighborhood, life situation and point of view are welcome and participate.
It I a common misconception, because of our location, that Hamilton House members live in the neighborhood. In fact, most members reside in the 30 different towns outside of Providence and Massachusetts. The common thread that keeps our members coming back is their love of learning.
Denise Mather Uustal
House AssistantCafe Manager/Chef
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