Thursday, September 20, 2012

AIDS Walk for Life is This Weekend!

This Sunday is the 27th annual AIDS Walk for Life, which benefits AIDS Project RI, providing a range of services relating to HIV/AIDS, including prevention and testing.

The event is held rain or shine, and takes place on the Rhode Island State House lawn facing the Providence Place Mall.

About 500 walkers are slated to participate.  There will be free anonymous HIV testing, free flu shots, music from the Providence Gay Men's Chorus and more.

This is a signature event for the City of Providence, so don't miss it!!

More info at

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saluting Our Victim Services Team!

Family Service of RI's victim services team was honored Wednesday, September 12, 2012 with a Justice Award from Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. A ceremony took place at the Attorney General's office in downtown Providence.

The Justice Awards are given annually in recognition of an extraordinary commitment to justice and the community.  Our team was recognized for domestic violence prevention.

Attorney General Kilmartin invited past Attorneys General to present the awards, which were also given to Providence and East Providence police officers, and other individuals and organizations.

Former Attorney General James O'Neil presented the award to our team. Some of our team members are pictured below.

 (L-R) Jen Etue, Meghan Martinez, Christine Santos, Mr. O'Neil, Dr. Susan Erstling, Cathy Bour

Read a GoLocalProv report here. Read the Attorney General's press release here. See more photos here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Receiving Justice Award from Attorney General

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has named Family Service of RI a recipient of a Justice Award.

We're being recognized for the dedication and commitment of our victim services team to preventing domestic violence.

We will receive the award Wednesday night. 

Congrats to our team!

Read more here from GoLocalProv.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Walking School Bus Rolls

It was a rainy day as the new "Walking School Bus" program got into gear at Fogarty Elementary in South Providence as the school year began.

The program, developed by Family Service of RI's Providence Children's Initiative (PCI) team, is needed because PCI found children within walking distance of school missing class because of parental health, work schedules and other issues. 

With the "Walking School Bus" children walk to school along a defined route with "stops."  The students are supervised by trained adults.

"It is critically important that we be creative in finding ways to eliminate chronic absenteeism," said Dr. Susan Lusi, Providence's school superintendent.  "This simple, safe and healthy program will help to ensure that children arrive to school on time and are less likely to miss important lessons that cannot be captured through makeup work.  We hope this will serve as a model for additional schools in our district."

Learn more about the "Walking School Bus" from this report from WPRI.

To learn more about the Providence Children's Initiative, check out this short video.