Resources for Human Development – Rhode Island (RHD-RI) is a
non-profit, arts-based day program that serves people with disabilities.


Since 2004, Resources for Human Development-RI has provided arts-based day therapy to adults with developmental disabilities at our studio in Pawtucket, RI. More recently, RHD-RI has opened a transitional school services agency, which offers community-based activities and employment opportunities to clients too young for adult services, yet in need of supports not offered by their school departments. RHD-RI was founded in 2004 by Ray Memery in order to provide people in RI with quality, art-based, day program services.

We provide opportunities for people to create, express, discover and have fun. We believe the people we support possess their own unique artistic vision. Our purpose is to find the means to turn that vision into reality and, ultimately, to share it with the rest of the world. We believe that art allows people the chance to be productive in a truly unique manner.

We firmly believe  in providing the best services possible to the people we support in an environment that values personal freedom and the responsibility that comes with it. Everyday we strive to create an atmosphere where the energy is contagious and creativity can flourish, and the we think the results speak for themselves. At RHD-RI we feel that each day is important, and together, the possibilities are limitless.

Some of the things we do

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Performance Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Song Writing
  • Video Editing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Book Making
  • Art History
  • Life Skills
  • Field Trips
  • Creative Movement
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Silk Screen
  • Documentary Filming
  • Current Events
  • Cooking
  • Wood Working
  • Fabric and Textiles
  • Gardening
  • Print Making
  • Costume Design

Our Values

1. Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual
2. Multi-level thinking
3. Empowerment of groups
4. Decentralization of authority
5. Safe and open environment
6. Creativity
7. Honesty and trust
8. Diversity
9. Organizational integrity
10. On-going growth and development
11. Personal and professional enrichment
12. Quality services

Parent Organization

Our organization is part of a larger non-profit corporation based in Philadelphia. For more information on our parent corporation and their services, visit http://rhd.org.


If you are interested in learning more about our unique take on Human Services, please visit our Contact page and schedule a visit!