More than $500,000 in Citizens Charitable Foundation grants are fueling education and training in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence while expanding pilot program for career development 

PROVIDENCE, RI — Citizens Bank today announced an expanded national partnership between national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) and the Citizens Charitable Foundation.  The partnership will fund a range of employment services designed to help people to find work, move up from minimum wage jobs and stabilize their family’s financial outlook.

“This partnership with LISC represents a long-term commitment that Citizens Bank has made through the Citizens Charitable Foundation to give back to the communities it serves,” said Barbara Cottam, Head of Corporate Affairs for Citizens Financial Group. “This new national partnership with LISC supports workforce development programs, including right here in Rhode Island, which help people grow their incomes, improve their credit,and save for the future.” 

Fueled by a Citizens Charitable Foundation investment of more than $500,000, these programs will help connect unemployed and underemployed workers in Providence, Boston & Philadelphia to the education, training and career coaching they need to compete for jobs in fast-growing fields such as health care. In Rhode Island, Citizens will provide funding for Genesis Center programs to support training for various health care positions and will provide an employment pipeline for Providence Community Health Centers and other healthcare providers in Rhode Island.

Financial Opportunity Centers (FOCs) like Genesis Center, take a three-pronged and integrated approach developed by LISC that includes: education for workers who need to build their basic math and reading skills; placement in technical training programs and jobs; and post-employment coaching to help people move beyond entry-level positions and create long-term career paths with the opportunity for income growth.

The program integrates employment services with a range of financial coaching to address individual challenges—a bundled approach that has proven to help people grow their incomes and improve their credit. For example, the pre-employment component, Bridges to Career Opportunities, works with clients who, on average, test at the 6th-8th grade educational level—too low to gain entry to coveted technical training needed to move into good jobs. The Bridges program offers basic education to help people reach the levels of reading, math, and English language proficiency required to enter technical skills training programs. This education is contextualized for specific industries—like building a vocabulary around healthcare—in order to prepare people for new opportunities.

To address post-employment needs, funding from the Citizens Charitable Foundation also is helping to expand a pilot career development and wage advancement effort. It offers support for ongoing skills development along with financial and employment planning—to help participants improve job tenure, increase occupational skill, and understand the path for wage progression. It also helps participants balance the demands of work and home life and to successfully overcome obstacles that might otherwise lead to career setbacks.  

“While the local economy continues to improve in Rhode Island, targeted workforce development supports like LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers and Bridges to Career Opportunities programs are even more vital to remove barriers and finding good, living wage jobs for everyone,” said Jeanne Cola, Executive Director of LISC Rhode Island. “By supporting these programs through the Citizens Charitable Foundation, Citizens is helping us create opportunities for more people to raise their standards of living—and, in the process, contribute to economic growth in our communities.”

The three sites in Boston, Philadelphia and Providence are part of a national network of more than 80 FOCs around the country—all tailoring their services to help people grow their incomes, improve their credit, and save for the future. The employment and financial services they provide are a fundamental part of LISC’s broader work to create economic opportunity and revitalize communities through investments in good housing,businesses, health, safety, education and jobs.

The funding of these programs by the Citizens Charitable Foundation represents a long term commitment the Citizens Bank has made to give back to the communities it serves through the Citizens Charitable Foundation’s Citizens Helping Citizens initiative. Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthening Communities is one component of this program which is focused on giving back by investing in resources that create solutions to the toughest challenges in our neighborhoods: economic development, job training, small business development, affordable housing, and neighborhood revitalization.

About LISC Rhode Island

With residents and partners, LISC Rhode Island forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

LISC has invested $373 million in neighborhoods across Rhode Island, helping to create more than 8,000 affordable homes and support the development of more than 2 million square feet of commercial, childcare, educational, and community space. We are committed to building strong neighborhoods and healthy communities where individuals, businesses and families can thrive. 

About Citizens Charitable Foundation

The Citizens Charitable Foundation is a philanthropic organization funded by Citizens Financial Group,Inc.  The Foundation’s mission is centered in the belief that citizenship is at the heart of Citizens’ identity, and when people and communities reach their potential, we all thrive.  The Citizens Charitable Foundation currently focuses its giving in three key areas: helping people to manage their money, engaging with partners in the fight against hunger, and strengthening our communities. By investing in these important issues, the Citizens Charitable Foundation strives to improve the lives of our fellow citizens through building partnerships with public, private, and community interests to develop neighborhoods, transform lives, and stimulate economic renewal.

Genesis Center Yields Promise for Patricia Melo and Aspiring Chefs Through SNAP E&T Program 

Patricia Melo, recent Genesis Center culinary program graduate

December, 2018 — From the moment Patricia Melo first walked into Basta Restaurant in Cranston’s Pawtuxet Village, she knew she had been given an opportunity and she was determined to hold on to it.  The environment was exciting, and a little intimidating for someone just starting out. Wait staff dressed in black with crisp white linen aprons bustled through their tasks. Red leather booths, a massive white marble bar, warm wooden tables and exposed brick walls glowed with fire light from the domed brick oven in the dining room. The sounds and smells from the kitchen underscored the seriousness of the food they served and of the chance that was at stake.

Shannon Carroll, President & CEO of Genesis Center.

“I’ve always wanted to cook – ever since I was a child in my mother’s house, I tried to help her.  She made Moro de Habichuelas and I would add things,” said Melo.  “I tried to experiment and sometimes it would come out good – and sometimes it wouldn’t. I never imagined working my way to a place like this. The people here have really helped me grow into the position.”

Melo is a graduate of the culinary program at Genesis Center in Providence and was hired at Basta during her internship placement at the restaurant.  She celebrated her one year anniversary at the restaurant on December 1st.

“Genesis Center helped me get here,” said Melo.  “I had taken an ESOL course when I first arrived, but I still struggled. The program at Genesis helps you with math and English too; whatever you need.”

Genesis Center uses the Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO) methodology developed and funded by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The program provides industry-specific contextualized instruction in math and English, as well as instruction in financial literacy and wrap-around services to help participants succeed.  LISC supports the program in 40 communities nationwide with the goal of finding employment for 10,000 job seekers over the next three years.

“In the beginning, I found it was hard to understand recipes because for me, my English isn’t perfect. But they show you a lot of things,and teach you the math you need for changing recipes and figuring menus.”

Genesis Center conducts three 13-week sessions through out the year where students work hands-on to gain knife skills, prepare recipes and gain a ServSafe Certification. All participants can earn an opportunity to complete an internship with a local culinary partner and participate in all support services offered at the Center.

“I loved the program so much that I recommended it to three of my friends. One has started and the other two are getting the paperwork together,” she said.  “If you’re on SNAP, you have the option to go through the program for free – and that was a huge help for me.”

Patricia Melo and her son. 

Melo participated in the course through SNAP Employment & Training, a program of the Department of Human Services (DHS) administered by LISC in Rhode Island. SNAP E&T provides education, training and job placement services for SNAP recipients. Patricia moved to Rhode Island from the Dominican Republic with her son, now 12 years old, to be closer to her aunt and cousins and was on SNAP for more than a year while she worked part time at a child care facility.  

“We needed to get on better footing. When I was talking about the program with my son, he was very supportive and said I should do it,” said Melo. Genesis Center also offers training programs leading to entry-level careers in health care including pharmacy technician, medical assistant, direct support, Alzheimer’s care and others.

“Genesis Center was a lifeline for me, and the first time I met Chef Tino I was very nervous — but if you come to work and do what you’re supposed to do, it’s fine,” says Melo.

Basta Executive Chef Antonio “Tino” Franco is an award winning, no-nonsense chef who strives for perfection. He started out washing dishes at age 14, by 19 years-old he was sous chef, and by age 20, he was running a kitchen. He moved to Basta in 2013 after several years working on Federal Hill, including as Executive Chef at Pane E Vino, one of the area’s iconic restaurants.

 Executive Chef Antonio Franco

“Patricia was nervous in the beginning, and intimidated by the process. When interns get here, there is a whole lot of activity and Patricia caught on very quickly.  She understood that it was important to follow the process. If people do the work,and the food is the focus, then they do well. If you don’t follow the process, it can rapidly turn into chaos,” says Chef Tino. “It’s a fragile operation – you can fail very quickly.”

Melo started out doing the prep work during the day so that the kitchen would be ready for that night’s dinner service, but quickly moved up to being responsible for making all of the homemade pasta for the restaurant. Recently, Melo has even worked on the line in addition to her pasta duties.

“We generally have someone start in prep – you have to crawl before you can walk. But we moved Patricia up fairly quickly. We had imported two large,expensive, antique pasta machines from Italy, had them refurbished and have entrusted Patricia to make all of our pasta from scratch,” said Chef Tino. “It’s a pivotal job in a restaurant like ours. We are known for our homemade pasta.”

Chef Tino opened a second, more casual location this past week in Cranston – called Bettola, and the demand for fresh pasta has doubled.

“She does a great job and has earned our trust,” says Chef Tino. “We all care very deeply about the food we create.  Caring and pride in your work is so important– so often there are people who just want a job – here it has to go beyond that.”

Chef Tino has been mentoring culinary students for four years. Basta routinely works with interns from Genesis Center, Amos House and other culinary arts training programs in Providence and has trained as many as six interns in a year.  The chef does it to repay a debt of appreciation.

“Someone gave me a chance in the beginning,” said Chef Tino. “I had dropped out of high school at 15 and started working in a kitchen as a dishwasher. I had an awesome chef who took me under his wing and encouraged me to learn as much as I could.  He gave me books and taught me techniques. He had a huge influence on my life. I am paying it forward because I know how important it was for me,” says Chef Tino. “Everyone needs a chance.”

November, 2018 – LISC partners added 330 new units of housing for low to moderate income families in Rhode Island during the first week in November. Two ribbon cuttings in Providence, one in Pawtucket and another in Burrillville marked the completion of four projects to address the housing shortage in Rhode Island.

“It was a banner week,” says Jeanne Cola, Executive Director of LISC Rhode Island. “But we need to do this every week in order to fill the gap.”

According to the 2018 Housing Fact Book, an in depth analysis of housing data from HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, the continuous climb in the cost of housing and the limited housing stock has resulted in more than 35% of all Rhode Island households being cost burdened. That means 145,000 households are paying more than 30% of their income on housing. Of those 145,000 families, nearly half (44%) are paying more than 50%.

“When families are paying such a big part of their income on housing, that means there is less available for healthcare, child care, transportation and even food,” said Cola. “That has a dramatic and far reaching impact on these families and our economy. Everything we can do to address this problem should be done. Adding more than 300 in a week was great, but we need to add more than 3,000 homes a year to begin to address the shortfall.”

The ribbon cutting in Burrillville was the celebration of the opening of the community center located at the Greenridge Commons, a new affordable development in Pascoag, and an acknowledgement of that town’s achievement in reaching its 10% goal of affordable housing. The project includes 75 apartments and 21 scattered site renovations.

“This is a beautiful development, with clapboard houses surrounded by nice landscaping and manicured lawns,” said Cola. “This is the kind of affordable housing that our state needs and our partners at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley deliver.”

The $29 million project created handsome New England style duplexes and triplexes on a rural 226-acre parcel of land. LISC Rhode Island provided pre-development funding to help finance the project.

Another ribbon cutting added another 29 newly constructed apartments and 17 renovated units on Branch Street in Pawtucket. The site was an overgrown lot along the river on the Pawtucket/Central Falls line that served as an illegal dumping ground for more than a decade. Now, with the help of the EPA in addition to LISC, RI Housing and many others, there are beautiful homes looking over a riverscape.

“This is another great example of what’s possible for affordable housing,” said Cola. “Money has choices and we were really happy to put in the early money on this project. The holidays are coming and now there will be families here in safe, affordable homes.”

Two additional celebrations added housing in Providence. An abandoned mill that was once the home of the Imperial Knife Company in the Olneyville area is now 60 additional units of mixed-income housing. One Neighborhood Builders, the Community Development Corporation and LISC partner, worked withTrinity Financial, a real estate development firm with success in tackling complex urban sites. The project remediated an environmentally contaminated brownfield site, reclaimed a historically significant building and continues the revitalization of that community.

“Rhode Island is on the move,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “We work hard to create jobs, but it’s important to remember that it’s a lot harder to go to work if you don’t have a roof over your head.”

The Governor also was at the ribbon cutting at Oxford Gardens and Oxford Place in Providence celebrating 128 newly renovated apartments. The $25 million project also included adding green infrastructure and community improvements. The Preservation of Affordable Housing organization and RI Housing updated the complex, originally built in 1978 and 1989, to include new heating, water, roof and solar panels.

Members of Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation were on hand for many of the ribbon cuttings. “Investing in our local neighborhoods and working families creates a ripple effect, employing construction workers, beautifying our community, addressing public safety issues and strengthening our economy,” said Senator Jack Reed. “I am proud to help deliver funds that drive growth and investment in and for Rhode Island’s housing market.”

Jeanne Cola, Executive Director of LISC Rhode Island

By Jeanne Cola

Rhode Island’s workforce development programs are working. We are witnessing the success first hand.

We see it in the face of people like Katiria Perez, who was able to get job training through SNAP E&T and finally get a job as a medical assistant after four years of staying home to raise her family. And we see it in the face of Miguel Escobedo, who is making a mid-life career change after a debilitating accident meant he could no longer work at his old job. These are our neighbors – and their lives are being improved, due in large part to the comprehensive workforce development programs initiated by the state.  Thousands of Rhode Islanders are getting back on their feet, sometimes after a very long and arduous struggle, and their personal economies are growing.

LISC Rhode Island manages the state’s SNAP E&T program which works with community partners like Genesis Center, Amos House, and many others to deliver workforce development training and education. We provide funding, technical assistance and program components that have a proven success record to help these centers do what they do best. They are phenomenal partners and we are witnesses to their accomplishments.

The LISC SNAP E&T program focuses on helping SNAP recipients get the education, training and support needed to return to the workforce to improve their circumstances. SNAP E&T is just one of many initiatives that the state supports to help get Rhode Islanders back to work. SKILLS RI, REAL JOBS RI and other programs work separately and together to target specific portions of our unemployed and under-employed populations and to create employment pathways that close the skills gap for people and employers.

Each month, workforce development efforts are making steady progress toward increasing the number of Rhode Islanders in the workplace. According to the Department of Labor and Training, the labor force stood at 558,900 in April, up 900 from last month and 5,600 from last year. It’s wonderful to see people making great strides toward better circumstances and the programs dovetailing in synergistic ways that produce results.

As we work with our community-based partners to serve SNAP recipients, we see the successes that these programs deliver and celebrate all the good work that is being accomplished for individuals and families.

PROVIDENCE, August 8, 2018 – Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island today announced more than $525,000 in grant awards for eight community development corporations in the state. The grants were made from LISC’s Neighborhood Development Fund (NDF) for the 2018-2019 season.

Since its inception, LISC’s Neighborhood Development Fund has awarded more than $10.2 million to community development corporations in Rhode Island. The program’s primary focus is to increase the ability of the state’s CDCs to produce affordable housing while addressing broader community revitalization issues.

“Rhode Island, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a serious housing crisis,” said Jeanne Cola, Executive Director of LISC Rhode Island. “The rental market is very tight in many communities and the median house price has increased to the highest rate in 11 years. There is a critical shortage for housing for seniors and families, especially those earning below $50,000 a year.”

The eight CDCs receiving funding this year include: Church Community Housing Corporation; East Bay Community Development Corporation; NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley; Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation; One Neighborhood Builders; Stop Wasting Abandoned Properties, Inc.(SWAP); Smith Hill Community Development Corporation; and the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation.

“LISC provides crucial operating support. Without it, CDCs in Rhode Island wouldn’t be able to do what they do,” says Sue Bodington, President of the Board of Directors of Church Community Housing and former Deputy Director for Programs at Rhode Island Housing. “It is not easy work and it’s hard to find the funding to do what they do.

“For many years, Church Community Housing has been the primary provider of affordable homes in Newport County, which has some of the highest housing costs in the state. Without their work, housing would be out of reach for many of the people who work here and the local economy would suffer. Businesses rely on the very people who can’t afford to live here,” says Bodington.

Church Community Housing Executive Director Stephen Ostiguy oversees a restoration and expansion project for affordable housing units in Newport County.

In addition to funding operational costs, the NDF provides resources for professional development training, operational resources for computer and systems upgrades, and technical assistance to help CDCs strengthen internal operations.

“The Professional Development Series fills an important need for the successful operations of Rhode Island CDCs,” said Cola. “The work performed by our partners is critical to the economic growth and sustainability of our communities, and this is one way we work with them to ensure they have the necessary skills to excel.”

The Fund recently announced session topics for the 2018-2019 season of the Professional Development Series for Non-Profit Leaders. The training program works to build the capacity of executive directors and program managers and includes the evaluation and understanding of non-profit financial statements, human resource best practices and procedures, and board management and succession planning. The sessions explore commonly used financial terms, names and uses for key financial statements and reports, and the use of financial statements to understand business models and operational performance.

“We heard from our community partners that they would like to have a deeper understanding of financial statements,” said Cola, “so we are bringing back an outside facilitator to do a deeper dive into the financial aspects of leading a successful business. We also will include some sessions in the fall and early next year on networking, succession planning, HR and Communications.”

The NDF program uses a combination of federal funding and local philanthropic dollars to support the training program as well as to provide grants to qualified organizations.

LISC Rhode Island — Together with residents, partners, and local leaders, LISC Rhode Island forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across our state – great places to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families. Our strategies – investing in real estate, increasing family income & wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and supporting healthy environments and lifestyles – work together to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors. LISC has invested $373 million in neighborhoods across our state, helping to create more than 8,000 affordable homes and support the development of more than 2 million square feet of commercial, child care, educational, and community space.  We are committed to building strong neighborhoods and healthy communities where individuals, businesses and families can thrive.



Central Falls, RI – The Macarena, that pop dance craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s, experienced a brief resurgence yesterday afternoon as seniors and teens took the floor at Forand Manor to mark out those familiar moves. Mayor James Diossa even joined in and encouraged seniors to participate as residents cheered on.

“One of the key things we heard from residents during our initial listening tour was about the problems faced by seniors,” said Jeanne Cola, Executive Director of LISC Rhode Island. LISC is the backbone agency responsible for the Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone and conducted the listening tour as part of that Rhode Island Department of Health program.

“Positive interaction and a strong sense of community is an important social determinant of health,” says Cola. “This program is the result of our efforts to address that issue.”

Organizers saw the success of an earlier Pawtucket and Central Falls program that paired teens with seniors for snow removal and looked for an opportunity to build on that idea.

“The seniors really appreciated the help that winter and enjoyed developing relationships with the teens,” said Cola. “What was a bit surprising was that we saw that it was a valuable relationship to the youth as well. We started looking at ways to continue that momentum.”

Grant funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation allowed LISC Rhode Island to explore ways to build those relationships. The resulting format combines healthy eating and storytelling with movement and crafts. The format seems to be one that works.

“We have residents who typically stay in their rooms who are joining in,” says Meaghan Levasseur, Resident Service Coordinator at the Central Falls Housing Authority. “It’s so nice to see them out and enjoying themselves.”

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation agrees. Building communities that are responsive to the needs of older people is the focus behind the Foundation’s activity.

“Each community will follow its own path to becoming age- and dementia-friendly. Support from Tufts Health Plan Foundation helps ensure resources reach underrepresented communities at greatest risk for disparities,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. “Everyone has a voice; it’s important that we listen.”

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation has recently announced a two-year grant of $120,000 to LISC to expand the intergenerational programming to four new Health Equity Zone communities in Rhode Island.

“We are off to Newport next,” says Cola. “We are excited to see what the program will look like in that community – possibly we will get them up for the electric slide.”

PROVIDENCE, February 27, 2018 – LISC Rhode Island’s year-end report, “By The Numbers,” shows a record-breaking investment in Rhode Island during 2017. The totals reported by the non-profit reflect a $26,764,004 dollar investment, comprised of $2,263,112 in grants and $24,500,892 in investments in mission-driven real estate development located around the state.

The total dollars invested in 2017 exceeded last year’s total by more than $1.7 million, and greater than 2015 by nearly $8 million.

“It’s great to have this level of investment in Rhode Island,” said Jeanne Cola, Executive Director. “Last year, we set a goal of investing $25 million to celebrate our 25th year in Rhode Island. To have surpassed that amount this year is a great achievement. With this level of investment, LISC has been a real change-maker.”

In addition to the monetary investment, LISC provided more than 2,000 hours of technical assistance in program areas and on projects with more than 135 local partners and community organizations. That is in addition to the nearly 10,000 hours contributed to Rhode Island Community Development Corporations (CDCs) through the AmeriCorps program, administered by LISC.

“Part of our overall investment in the community is delivered in the form of technical assistance to the partner,” says Cola. “Our program managers have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the process. We can help our CDCs by convening key partners, identifying the experts, and navigating program funding requirements to help get things done.”

A number of additional strategic initiatives were undertaken in 2017.  LISC invested nearly $13 million in one landmark project to build the Central Falls Community Health Station, a project that uses a combination of grant funding, New Market Tax Credits, loan financing and federal funding to cover the $15 million project costs. The Health Station will represent a new way to deliver health care to the residents and provide a “one-stop-shop” of services within walking distance of most Central Falls residents.

“We were completely on board with their plans,” said Cola. “I felt this was a critical project to get behind with a comprehensive funding stack. This kind of community development not only has the potential to completely change the life and health of the residents in one of our most underserved communities, but also stands to create an anchor institution for future development in the community. It’s a win-win for everyone in Central Falls.”

Additional initiatives include the expansion of the LISC Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) and Bridges to Career Opportunities (BCO) programs to include the re-entry population. In addition to ongoing program funding for FOC and BCO, LISC distributed $476,000 to Amos House to specifically target this population with meaningful services and supports. The funding was part of a grant LISC National received from the Department of Labor to expand proven methods for reducing recidivism.

“As a result of this funding, Amos House will provide intensive wraparound supports related to barriers specific to the re-entry population. Participants will be able to complete the education and skills training components of the BCO program and transition to employment. It will translate into meaningful change for this vulnerable population,” said Cola.

Another key investment in 2017 was nearly $2 million in the construction of a new affordable housing complex at 93 Cranston Street in Providence.  The new building will include 30 residences of mixed-income housing and the Urban Greens Co-op, an 8,000 sq.ft. community-owned grocer which will offer healthy, affordable, sustainably-sourced and local food options.

“We were committed to helping the Urban Greens project happen,” said Cola. “Not only did it add critical housing, but it also added a source for fresh fruit and vegetables in a food dessert. Because of that, LISC could access funds from the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to make this project viable.”

LISC Rhode Island focuses on projects and programs related to affordable housing and mission-driven real estate; technical assistance and funding for improvements in child care and early learning facilities; improvements in health equity through our work as the backbone agency for the Pawtucket/Central Falls Health Equity Zone; and various Income and Wealth Building initiatives through the Financial Opportunity Centers, Bridges to Career Opportunities program and the administration of the SNAP Employment and Training program for the State. Other national program areas include Creative Placemaking and Public Safety, which are both located in Rhode Island.

LISC Rhode Island — Together with residents, partners, and local leaders, LISC Rhode Island forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across our state – great places to live, work, visit, do business, and raise families. Our strategies – investing in real estate, increasing family income & wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and supporting healthy environments and lifestyles – work together to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors. LISC has invested $372 million in neighborhoods across our state, helping to create more than 7,900 affordable homes and support the development of more than 2 million square feet of commercial, child care, educational, and community space.  We are committed to building strong neighborhoods and healthy communities where individuals, businesses and families can thrive.

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Building Strong and Healthy Neighborhoods for Rhode Island’s Families

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Building Creative Places for Our Neighborhoods


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Building Strong & Healthy Neighborhoods through Service

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Building Solutions for Rhode Island’s Children

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Building Safe Neighborhoods


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Resources that Build Strong Organizations

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Providing Financial Tools to Build Neighborhoods

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