Monday, July 30, 2012

Do You Facebook? Do You Tweet?

Family Service of RI has a robust presence in the world of Facebook and Twitter.

We have about 950 followers for each, and we hope you will be one of 'em.

To connect to our Facebook page please click here.

If you are on Twitter, check us out here.

We provide updates several times a week, depending on what's going on.

Please join us!  Thanks!

--Stephen L. Hug

Friday, July 27, 2012

At the Renacer Festival & Family Fair on Saturday

Family Service of RI's Providence Children's Initiative team will be at the Renacer Festival and Family Fair on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m., passing out information related to the work of "PCI" as it is known.

Takes place at Roger Williams Park, off Broad Street, in Providence.

According to a flyer, the event is "a sign of hope, unity, faith, family and support.  Our hope is to somehow motivate the families in our cities to not give up under current diffficulties and pressures of life."

Couldn't find a webpage, but did find a volunteer page that does have more info.  Check that out here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

AIDS Walk for Life "Pre-Event" Tonight!

Thank to our friends at Cuban Revolution, tonight AIDS Project RI, a division of Family Service of RI, will be signing up folks for the annual AIDS Walk for Life, coming in September.

You might call it a "pre-event" or "prequel" I suppose.

Starting at 6  tonight at Cuban Revolution's 60 Valley Street, Providence location, teams will be forming and money will be raised.  All to fight HIV/AIDS!

More info about tonight's event can by found by clicking right here.

Thank you Cuban Revolution!

--Stephen L. Hug

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kids in the Wake of Tragedy

There were a number of interviews with Family Service of RI's Dr. Susan Erstling in the wake of the tragedy in Colorado.

Dr. Erstling, who heads our trauma and loss center, has a wealth of experience in dealing with trauma and other issues after violent incidents. 

Since we, of course, are many miles away from Colorado, the interviews focused primarily on how best to help children deal with the intense media coverage that is common after such events.

I have compiled below links to various interviews for your convenience.

GoLocalProv's here.
ABC 6's here.
WPRO's here.
Patch's  here.
Providence En Espanol here.

If there are others, I will add to this list.

We appreciate the media's help in raising awareness of children's issues following this terrible event.

--Stephen L. Hug

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dr. Susan Erstling on WPRO Monday Morning

Family Service of RI's Susan Erstling, Ph.D. will be on the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil Monday morning at 8:10 a.m. taking about the psychological aftermath of the tragedy in Colorado.

Dr. Erstling heads the Family Service of RI trauma and loss center, and is a founder of the RI State Victim Assistance Academy, which just kicked off its 4th year a few days ago.  She has a wealth of experience working with victims, witnesses and responders in the aftermath of violent incidents, including shootings.  She and her team also provide trainings to professionals across the state regarding the effects of trauma.

WPRO is located at 630 on the AM radio dial, and 99.7 on the FM dial.  It streams live here.

--Stephen L. Hug

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Parent Tips on Media Coverage in the Wake of the Colorado Tragedy

Family Service of RI is the local site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, offering  tips for parents regarding media coverage in the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Colorado:

 --Limit your child's exposure to media coverage. The younger the child, the less exposure s/he should have. You may choose to eliminate all exposure for very young children. Consider family activities away from media, including the Internet and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

--If they are watching, watch what they watch. Read what they read. Discuss the news stories with them, asking about their thoughts and feelings. Ask what they've seen on the Internet, including in social media.

For more, please click here.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Whooping Cough Vaccination Clinics

The RI Department of Health is holding vaccination clinics today and Monday, 4 to 7 p.m. in North Kingstown.

The department has confirmed six cases of pertussis, often called "whooping cough."

Details on the where, when and why of these clinics available here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Say You Want A Revolution?

You’re invited to a CHARITYRevolution, Thursday, July 26, at Cuban Revolution, 60 Valley Street, Providence to support AIDS Project RI and the 27th Annual AIDS Walk for Life.

The event focuses on raising money and getting teams and individuals to sign up for the walk, Sunday, September 23, starting at the State House lawn.

The CHARITYREVOLUTION event July 26 begins at 6 p.m., and there will be light refreshments and plenty of free parking.
For more information please click here.

Many thanks to our friends at Cuban Revolution! Please support them all year long!

AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Improving Care for Crime Victims

The fourth-annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy starts this Wednesday, July 18, with an opening session focusing on the justice system.
Family Service of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute have partnered to provide this statewide effort to improve the quality of service to crime victims.

Day-long classes, beginning at 8:30 a.m., take place July 18, August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22 at the University’s Baypoint Inn and Conference Center in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Topics include “Impact of Crime on Victims: Trauma, PTSD, and Direct Services,”“Working with LGBTQQ Youth,” “Cultural Competency in Working with Victims,” “Ethics in Victim Services,” “Victim’s Issues in Mental Health,” “Caring for Elder Victims,” and more..

The Academy is attended by professionals who work with victims and survivors of crime.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Have a Cool Drink and Help Homeless Women & Children

 Starbucks at 99 East Main RI, Middletown, RI loves Family Service of RI affiliate Lucy's Hearth!

They are collecting summer fun things like sunscreen, beach towels, bug spray, sunglasses, swim diapers, bathing suits and similar items for the moms and children living at Lucy's Hearth.

Also looking for twin size mattress bedding, formula and diapers.

So if you're in that area, why not stop by and bring along a little something to help homeless mothers and children.

A big thank you to our friends at Starbucks!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


The network of "Morning Joe" has picked up NBC 10's Barbara Morse Silva's report regarding our AIDS Project RI's division "Testing Together" program.

Don't know if MSNBC aired her report, but it made it to the website at the very least.  Check it out here.

We appreciate the support in getting the word out about this important, life-saving program.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NBC 10's Report on HIV "Testing Together"

NBC 10's Barbara Morse Silva visited our AIDS Project RI division on Monday to learn more about "Testing Together," the new program in which couples are tested for HIV at the same time.

To see the report, please click here.

Many thanks to Barbara and NBC 10!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Our Condolences

We are greatly saddened by the recent passing of Family Service of RI's Leo Sime, a Restorative Specialist/Coach based at Central Falls High School.

We extend our condolences to his family, his friends, the Restorative Team and all members of the FSRI community who had the opportunity to know him.

We also extend our condolences to the Central Falls High School students, families, faculty and staff whose lives he enriched through his work in the community.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

"Testing Together" Praised by Leading HIV/AIDS MDs

In late June we announced that Fanily Service of RI's  AIDS Project RI division was launching a couples HIV testing program called "Testing Together."

We were pleased to see today that two leading HIV/AIDS doctors have praised the program in an article on Edge on the Net.

Congrats to AIDS Project RI's executive director Tom Bertrand and his team on this recognition.  More importantly, thanks Tom and team for fighting HIV/AIDS through this and other innovative programs.

--Stephen L. Hug

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Service Above Self

As we mark the birth of our nation, thought it would be fitting to salute an outstanding U.S. and now international service organization, the Rotary Club. Its motto: "Service Above Self."

More specifically, I'd like to salute the work of the Rotary Club of Providence--and to take time to recognize the recent election of its 102nd president, Barbara Harris. 102nd!

I'm very proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of Providence, which is one of the oldest and largest service organizations around.

And I'm pleased that Family Service of RI is supportive of my participation in this great organization, which holds a range of community activities that raise money for grants and other good works in the City of Providence.

Learn more at And check out this GoLocalProv story about Providence Rotary's recent grant-making.

And congrats to Barbara, who started her one-year  term July 1.

She's past president of the College Hill Neighborhood Association, and has served on the board of the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Seniors Agency, both in Providence.  She is also currently an elected member of the Democratic Ward 2 Committee on Providence’s East Side neighborhood.
She has a law degree from Suffolk University, an M.A. in art history from Boston University, and a B.A. in art history from Simmons College.  She’s a former teacher of art history at Westfield State College and Boston University. And she's a talented oil painter, holding exhibits in the region.
Congrats, Barbara, and best wishes!

--Stephen L. Hug

Monday, July 02, 2012

New Facebook Policy?

Anybody know about this new Facebook policy? Got this off a Facebook posting from the Middletown, RI Patch.

"Due to Facebook's new policy, only about 10% of people that 'like' a fan page will see the status updates. In order to see all posts and notifications just click/hover over the 'Liked' button (beneath our page's cover photo) & hit the 'show in news feed' option. This will allow you to see all of our posts. (PLEASE SHARE!)."

Hmmm...This will certainly reduce the effectiveness of Facebook pages if all of the previous "likes" have to click on to be sure they're getting all the newsfeeds.

 If you have any information on this, please leave a comment. I Googled this and couldn't find anything and went through Facebook help...nothing either!  Maybe I'm just not seeing it.

 Meanwhile, "like" the Family Service of RI page, and the page of our AIDS Project RI division, and of our affiliate Lucy's Hearth.  And please be sure you hit the "show in newsfeed" option too under the "like" button.

And since they were kind enough to post, why not "like" the Middletown Patch page too!

This is getting complicated, isn't it?


--Stephen L. Hug