Support Groups & Social Services

Abuse Victims and Survivors: Support on phone for LGBTQ victims & survivors of partner abuse. Confidential peer-led groups. Hotline: (617) 742-4911. TTY: (617) 227-4911.

Adoption Options: Non-sectarian help. Jewish Family Service, 959 North Main Street, Providence. Contact Betsy Alper. 331-5437.

Child & Family Services: Counseling, young parent support, adoption, more.  LGBT groups beginning July.  Open six days.  66 Troy St., Fall River, MA.  (508) 676-5708.

Community Care Alliance: Stipend, assistance, training provided by Family Resources Community Action. 235-6095.

Foster parents needed: For newborn to age six. 276-4300.

support provided for nurturing families. Family Service of RI. Contact Family Service RI: Training, stipend, Gregary Wright. 331-1350 ext. 3305.

Seven Hills Behavioral Health: HIV Prevention and Screening. 310 South Main Street, Fall River, MA. (508) 235-1012. T.W.I.S.T.  (508) 672-0378.

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center: Offering resources for victims of domestic violence. 723-3057.

CompassFTM trans info, support :and social group.   Boston first Thursday 7-9pm.

Crossroads RI Hotline: (800) 367-2700.

Day One: Counseling & legal aid for victims of sexual assault/abuse & incest. 24hr hotline. (800) 494-8100. 421-4100.

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South CountySupport, court advocacy, counseling, safe home, info for women and men in abusive or controlling relationships. 24hr free and confidential helpline. 782-3990 or :toll free 800-494-8100,

Gay Fathers of Greater Boston: Support. 738 Main St. #323, Waltham, MA. (781) 333-8429.,

Gay Men’s HIV+ Social Group:Third Tuesdays, 6 — 9pm.  Refreshments.  Seven Hills Behavioral Health, 1177 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, MA.  Info:  Lenny Amaral, 508-999-4159 or email

Gay Officers Action League (GOAL)/New England: Law enforcement officers (sworn & civilian), fire, rescue & publicly employed EMS.  Confidential.  P.O. Box 171587, Boston, MA 02117.  On Facebook at NewEnglandGOAL.

Gay Share: Coming Out? Gay men’s support group. No fee.  Wednesday 7:30pm. Contact Tom or Mike. 369-9448.,

LGBT Grief Support: Meets regularly at Hope Hospice, 1085 No. Main St.., Providence.  Rebecca Sizelove, 415-4301.

Helpline for LGBT Youth: Trevor Helpline and social networks for crisis and suicide prevention. 24/7. (866) 4-U-Trevor.

HIV+ Gay Men’s Support Group: Refreshments served. AIDS Care Ocean State, 18 Parkis Avenue, Providence. 521-3603. New members contact Scott. 640-3108.

Kathys’ Group: Free support group for lesbians with cancer or any life-threatening illness. Partners and caregivers welcome. Meets monthly in Providence. 888-5KATHYS.

Mantalk of S.E. Mass: Socializing and discussions for gay, bi and curious men. Confidential. Drug and alcohol-free. 18+. Thursdays in Taunton and first Tuesdays in New Bedford. 7-8:30pm. National directory of inpatient treatment options for those with substance abuse problems.

Partner Support Group at Fenway Health: A ten-week support group with the purpose of building community and connections for anyone who identifies as non-trans, ages 18+, and is in a relationship with a trans* person(s). 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Contact Sarah Eley, LICSW. 857-313-6551.

PFLAG (Parents, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays): Attleboro Chapter serves Southeast Mass.  Third Wednesday 6:45 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 50 Park St.  (side door).  email  Greater Providence Chapter serves all R.I.  First Wednesday at 6:45 p.m., Met School, 325 Public St., Providence. (401)-307-1802. www.

Newport satellite meeting information:  Second Monday 6:45 p.m. at Channing Memorial Church, rear Parish Hall, 135 Pelham Street, Newport.

Rape Crisis Center for S.E. Mass: New Hope, Inc.  Advocacy, shelter, services for domestic abuse survivors.  Hotline (800) 323-HOPE.  Office (508)226-4015.

Project RENEW: Support, employment services, HIV prevention for male and female sex workers.  Amos House, 415 Friendship St., Providence.  272-0220. Trans support group meets Thurs. Info:

Queer & Trans Thursdays:Space for LGBTQ and heterosexual youth (24 and under) of color to foster coalition-building and organize to address intersections of oppressions. 6-8pm. 669 Elmwood Ave., Rm. B7, Providence. 383-7450.

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 24hr helpline: (800) 494-8100. 467-9940.

RI Rainbow Support Group: For people with disabilities who identify as LGBTQ. Last Tuesday. 98 Rolfe Street, Cranston. 6-7:30pm. Contact Ken Renaud. 785-2100.

Samaritans: 24hr hotline for suicidal, lonely, despairing, depressed. (800) 365-4044. 272-4044 (RI only).

Sexual Health Education & Advocacy Program: HIV, sexual wellness, domestic violence risk reduction. Free, confidential, bilingual (Spanish). No caller ID used. Calls blocked for safety. 861-6191 ext. 121.

Sojourner House: Call for confidential support group. Support, shelter, advocacy and information for people in abusive relationships. Including specific LGBT services. No caller ID used. Outgoing calls blocked for safety. 24hr helpline. 765-3232. 861-6191. Office 861-6191.

St. Mary’s Home for Children:  Sexual abuse treatment for children.  450 Fruit Hill Ave., No. Providence.  Adam Cable, 353-3900.

Straight Spouses: Groups and online support.

TGI Network of RI: Support, advocacy for transgender, transsexual, gender-variant and/or intersex people.  Borderlands peer group 1st & 3d Tues. and 1st & 3d Sat. of the month.


Location & information: 441-5058.

Trans* Partners New England: Gives romantic partners of transgender people a confidential, safe space to explore the impact of a loved one’s gender identity on their relationships, and to connect with other loved ones of transgender people. First Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm. Providence. Location unpublished for privacy.

Trans* Youth Family Allies: Support for gender-variant and transgender children ages 3-18.,

Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA): Growing organization to address the concerns of fair treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members.

Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties: Offering services to victims of domestic violence. 846-5263.

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PO Box 6406

Providence, RI 02940

(401) 217-3939

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