Social & Human Services

About the Department

The Social and Human Services Department, located at the Senior Center, can address the social and human service needs of all North Kingstown residents, regardless of age. Whether you are an older adult or under age 55, the department will confidentially discuss your individual circumstances and either assist directly or refer you to other providers in the community.
Social Services for Adults age 55+
Social Services will try to answer your questions and help you obtain the services you need. Social Service staff also make visits in the privacy of your home upon request. A "Stop-in-Visit" is recommended occasionally just to check out new information on programs and other handouts materials. You may be pleasantly surprised about services available that you didn't even know existed.

Social Services for Residents of All Ages

Mission Statement for Public Welfare/Human Service Assistance: Provide professional, efficient and confidential support and relief to North Kingstown residents who are in an emergency situation.

Marie K. Marcotte is Director of North Kingstown Senior and Human Services and fulfills the duties of the Welfare Director according to Rhode Island state law.  This position  assumes by law the obligation of supplying relief and support to all persons lawfully residing in the Town of North Kingstown who are in an emergency situation.  This means acting as a liaison between the Town and State administrations in matters relating to food stamps, social services, assistance payments, medical assistance and community support systems.  The department provides an essential link between this community and the multitude of Federal/State social service programs with a strict degree of confidentiality.  The Director administers the Public Assistance Account and the Indigent Aid Escrow Account that are Town Funds used to assist the clients who come in seeking emergency assistance who do not qualify for any State programs, or who are pending eligibility for a State program.  All assistance is granted in voucher form or directly to vendors and no cash assistance is issued. The Social/Human Services Department is the contact for the Salvation Army and is the contact for the RI Good Neighbor Energy Fund which is administered by the Salvation Army.  Proof of income may be necessary to qualify for certain programs and services.

Questions About Medicare D Coverage
Call us at 401- 268-1591.

Medical Assistance

For information about medical assistance and eligibility, the DHS Call Center at 1-855-697-4347(1-855-MYRIDHS) or visit the DHS Website

Food Stamp Assistance

To apply for food stamps or to determine eligibility, call the DHS Call Center at 1-855-697-4347 or visit the DHS website


Emergency Food/Heating Assistance

Emergency Food is available through the North Kingstown Food Pantry and other community resources.  The North Kingstown Food Pantry also accepts donations of non-perishable food items and grocery store gift certificates at the following collection sites:  the NK Chamber of Commerce, the Standard-Times; NK Town Hall; NK Town Hall Annex; NK Police Department; Wal-Mart, Dave’s Market- Tower Hill Road, and St. Paul’s, Wickford Baptist, United Methodist and St. Bernard’s churches.

Between September and December the Department also handles requests for emergency and holiday assistance.

Social Services Staff

Our Social & Human Services Coordinator Erin Warren and Specialist Beverly Hood can be contacted by calling or 268-1591 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please call for appointments. 
Email Kim Capuano,  Social Services Coordinator:
Email Beverly Hood, Social Services Specialist:

How can we help?

Social Services can help you with information/referrals on the following

Federal Programs

Social Security-SSI/SSDI

Veterans Benefits

Medicaid (Medical Assistance)

Medicare and Medicare D


State Programs

Senior Employment

R.I. State Tax Forms

Senior Companions

Job Training

RIPAE Rhode Island Pharmaceutical

Assistance to the Elderly

Senior Health Insurance Program

In Home Services


Local Programs


Widow/Widower Support

Other Support Groups


Volunteer Programs

Alzheimer Program

Friendly Visitor

Insight Support Group

Caregivers Support



Alcohol Treatment Referral

Mental Health

Health Education


Medical Assistance

Equipment Lending

Living Wills


Offsite Programming

Groups/Organizations Speaking




Meals On Wheels

Food Stamp Information

Federal Meal Site



Durable Power of Attorney

Legal Referral





Housing Options

Nursing Home Information

Assisted Living and Long Term Care Options