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THE JEFFREY OSBORNE FOUNDATION HELPS BUILD POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP by proudly supporting St. Mary's Home for Children & Family Services, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, Button Hole and their Missions:




Since 1877, 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.


From high-end residential interventions, utilizing the framework of the National Building Bridges initiative to intensive community-based work with youth victimized by the commercial sexual exploitation of children to office based psychotherapy, we offer a full range of trauma-informed services to meet the needs and challanges of the population we serve.

As you learn more about us, please feel free to contact us to discuss how we might be able to assist you.




of continuous operation serving youth – the oldest in the country!

Our incredible story began shortly after the US Civil War, when a number of individuals were drawn together by a mutual interest. On March 3, 1868, they met to establish the Union for Christian Work, the parent from whom, thirty-one years later, today’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence first breathed independent life. In the decades of the 1890’s, the program was identified as the “Boys Room” and in March 1899, the organization officially became the Providence Boys Club. It wasn’t until 1981 that it would be known as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. Today, there are eight sites throughout Providence, including buildings in the Fox Point, South Side and Wanskuck neighborhoods, three location is Providence public housing sites and two schools.

While its name may have changed as the club evolved over the years, one thing has remained the same.

We are dedicated to our mission: To enable and inspire children and youth, especially those from diverse or difficult circumstances, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and healthy members of their community, the State of Rhode Island, and the Nation.

Today, more than 5,700 diverse youth between the ages of 6-18 per year serving more than 100,000 hot meals each year, and providing a safe and secure environment for help with homework, childcare, mentoring, athletic activities, and educational and career development opportunities.


Through the teaching of “A Lesson In Golf…A Lesson in Life,” young people from all backgrounds learn life’s lessons of honesty, humility, and perseverance while gaining respect for the environment and their community. Button Hole is truly a “kid’s field of dreams.” We greened a gravel pit and turned it into an oasis of recreation where within the game of golf, differences in age, gender, and ethnicity disappear and provide an extraordinary mentoring opportunity.

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