The Providence Experience

"We had an excellent service weekend and it is probably the best mission experience that I ever had. The organizations that we partnered with were great to work with and explained the whys and whats of what they do. I’m sure that many hearts were transformed that weekend. Thank you so much for a great Providence Experience." – Tracy G., Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford, CT

Looking for a Service Learning experience for your class, club or fellowship group?

Providence Experience is a ministry of the Rhode Island Conference, UCC. The experience offers a variety of service projects around the state of Rhode Island with housing at Irons Homestead Camp and Retreat.

Projects/Focus:   We work with local human service agencies so your experience can be tailor made.  We will provide you with a contact list and let you connect with the organizations that best fit your mission focus.  Or for an additional fee, we can set up your work week for you.  On-site projects are available at Irons Homestead, also.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  Many of our service partners provide orientation and education about their specific ministry.  Other educational opportunities are available upon request or you can do your own programming.

Time:  Year Round availability. From 2-nights to a full week.  Preferred time is Sunday evening to Friday morning but we can accommodate most schedules.

Group Size:  10-38.

Minimum Age:  Junior high.  Family groups welcome (Some sites require a min. age of 16)

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6  Minimum of 2 adults age 21 or older recommended.

Accommodations:  Overnight accommodations are in the modern four-season Lodge at Irons Homestead which includes:  fully equipped kitchen, screened in porch, meeting room with fireplace, private showers, campfire ring, wooded trails, waterfront, and recreation fields.  Nine bedrooms, each with a sink and 1 or 2 bunk beds (8 double beds and 22 twins) can accommodate up to 38 people.    You supply your own food and bedding.

(Coming soon:  Local churches will be offering floor and kitchen space for housing if you desire that type of experience.)

Cost  $125 base fee plus $18 per person per night for the use of Irons Homestead facilities.  Plus any programming fees.

Kate Ostertag
Director of Irons Homestead
688 Snake Hill Road
Glocester, RI 02857
Phone:  (401) 710-9478