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.
For information about medical assistance and eligibility, the DHS Call Center at 1-855-697-4347(1-855-MYRIDHS) or visit the DHS Website http://www.dhs.state.ri.gov
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 http://www.dhs.state.ri.gov
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 Erin Warren, Social Services Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Beverly Hood, Social Services Specialist: email@example.com
How can we help?
Social Services can help you with information/referrals on the following
Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
Medicare and Medicare D
R.I. State Tax Forms
RIPAE Rhode Island Pharmaceutical
Assistance to the Elderly
Senior Health Insurance Program
In Home Services
Other Support Groups
Insight Support Group
Alcohol Treatment Referral
Meals On Wheels
Food Stamp Information
Federal Meal Site
Durable Power of Attorney
Nursing Home Information
Assisted Living and Long Term Care Options