|Location||Atlantic Northeast - Rhode Island|
|Religion||Catholic 45%. Protestant 7%. Other 6%. Non Religious 42%|
|Climate||Humid Sub Continental|
|Ethnic Groups||Hispanic - 39.7%, White - 37.1%, Black - 13.1%, Asian - 6.5%|
|Motto||"The Creative Capital"|
|Group Registration Fee - Not included in participant cost:||
|35+ Hours of Ministry:|
|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
|Participation in Local Church Services:|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Floor-sleeping lodging in a secure church or school in the area||Hotel accommodations|
|Meals:||Meals provided||Some local restaurant meals|
|Recreation or Local Cultural Experience:|
Prior to the trip, you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Providence, you will receive three meals a day, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing or recreation activity.
Airfare/ground transportation throughout the trip, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation.
In Providence, most people speak English.
Yes. We take extra precautions and lay down strict ground rules to ensure safety. Crime occurs in Providence just like everywhere else, but we have never had a PPM team experience a major incident of crime. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in the city ensures there is always someone looking out for the well being of our teams.
There are no insects in Providence that you wouldn't also find in most places within the US. Generally, the city is free of poisonous creatures.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation.
On PPM USA trips, each group is responsible for their own transportation.
Please plan to fly into Providence Airport (PVD).
Yes, PPM provides safe food for you during your trip. All restaurants we take you to have been approved by PPM staff.
Yes. There will be a time set aside to buy souvenirs if so desired.
Since we generally work with international communities even while in the U.S., we strive to provide meals that reflect the heritage of those groups. Meals will range from those ethnic foods to standard American fare.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Providence
Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island which is located in the extreme northeastern United States. The city is located at the mouth of the Providence River, in Narragansett Bay. The city was founded in 1636 and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded by Roger Williams on religious exile it received its name in reference to God's provision.
The city of Providence is geographically very compact, something common to eastern cities that developed prior to use of the automobile. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the country. The city has an especially high amount of foot traffic and is noted to have the 8th most pedestrian commuters.
Early on Providence was known for its silverware and jewelry industries, eventually growing to be known as the "Beehive of Industry." Today Providence has rebranded itself as the "Creative Capital" with a number of prestigious colleges, several respected hospitals, and a thriving arts community. The metro area of Providence contains 1.7 million people and is considered to be part of the greater Boston area which has over 7.6 million people.
The Atlantic Ocean keeps Providence, and the rest of the state of Rhode Island, warmer than their inland neighbors in New England. Providence is a humid climate but avoids some of the temperature swings felt by residence further inland. January is generally the coldest month averaging 30 degrees while July is the warmest month averaging 73 degrees. Precipitation is a year round occurrence averaging nearly 5 inches of rain a month and on occasion Providence can experience strong storms.
As far as safety goes, taking common sense precautions is key in prevention of any unfortunate happenings. Your PPM trip leading staff will be with you throughout the entirety of your trip and are well-prepared for any concerning situations.
As the city has shifted its focus away from industry the economy has increasingly been driven by educational institutions and hospitals. While there is still a significant industrial presence within the city Brown University is the top employer with nearly 4,700 employees followed closely by Rhode Island Hospital with 4,200 employees. In recent years a growing number of immigrants looking for work have added to the cities significant poverty issues. Currently 29% of residents in Providence live at or below the poverty line.
There is plenty to do in Providence, the city is filled with unique cultural experiences ranging from restaurants to art and history. Residents love their sports as well. The city is home to several NCAA D-1 colleges and most residents ardently cheer for the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. If you are interested in catching a game the Pawtucket Red Sox, a Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox is a great experience. For those looking for something more cultural you may want to check out the Providence Athenaeum, the 4th oldest library in the country, or the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Whatever you are looking for, Providence has a rich culture to be enjoyed.
The area that is now Providence was first settled in June 1636 by Roger Williams, and was one of the original Thirteen Colonies of the United States. In the mid-1770s, the British government levied taxes that restricted Providence's shipping, fishing and agricultural industries which accounted for much of the city's economy. In response, Providence residents spilled blood at the notorious Gaspee Affair of 1772 prior to the revolutionary war. During the war, Rochambeau and George Washington marched from Newport to Providence on their way to the defeat of General Cornwallis in the Siege of Yorktown.
Following the revolutionary war, Providence was the country's ninth-largest city with 7,614 people. The city began to shift from maritime to manufacturing of machinery, tools, silverware, jewelry, and textiles. By the start of the 20th century, Providence boasted some of the largest manufacturing plants in the country.
In the 1920s as industries, notably textiles, shut down the city began to decline. Despite a brief boost from WW2 the decline continued into the 1970s. From the 1950s to the 1980s, Providence become notorious for organized crime as several mob families built vast criminal empires. The city's resurgence began in the 1970s with a massive push to revive the dying city. In the 1990s, Mayor Vincent Cianci Jr. pushed for further revitalization. Providence uncovered the city's natural rivers which had been covered by bridges, relocated of a large section of railroad underground, created Waterplace Park, constructed the Fleet Skating Rink (now the Bank of America Skating Rink) downtown and built the 1.4 million square foot Providence Place Mall. Today Providence is a beautiful city that is still struggling to cope with a large population of underemployed residence and rising property values.