Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Are You a Social Worker, Therapist or Counselor?

We are offering a great opportunity for both licensed professionals and new graduates to network and discover unique professional opportunities at Family Service of RI.

On Tuesday, April 23 join us at our 134 Thurbers Avenue location for a professional development open house.

Featured speaker will be Dr. Susan Erstling, a nationally recognized leader in trauma and victim support, speaking about the building blocks of a successful career in social work or counseling. 

You will also learn how families and clients benefit from Family Service of RI's skilled and talented pool of social workers and counselors.

So if you're thinking about a new step in your career, don't miss this. 

There will be two sessions: one at 5 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. Register for either by emailing Plenty of free parking.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Program for Moms and Babies

Have you heard about a new maternal and child home visiting program available through Family Service of RI?

It pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns (younger than two weeks old) with a Family Support Worker who provides home visiting services.

More details on this evidence-based program--called Healthy Families Rhode Island--by clicking here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NBC 10's Mario Hilario Chairs HIV/AIDS Fundraiser

Longtime NBC 10 news anchor and reporter Mario Hilario is chairing this year’s Dining Out for Life ® event benefiting AIDS Project RI on Thursday, April 25 at participating restaurants across the state.

A photo of Mario Hilario from NBC 10
He’s been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, has won an Associated Press award, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee. He also volunteers his time at a number of nonprofit organizations.

“Mario is beloved in Rhode Island, and we are most fortunate to have his assistance this year as we work to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Rhode Island and to raise funds to prevent its spread and to help people living with HIV/AIDS,” said event coordinator Amy Stein.

AIDS Project RI executive director Thomas Bertrand, MPH, pointed out that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one of five people living with HIV in the United States do not even know they are infected. “Funds raised via Dining Out for Life help AIDS Project RI conduct community-based HIV testing to help people know their status,” he said.

“I am honored to chair this important event that brings about awareness of HIV/AIDS as well as raises funds for HIV testing, education and prevention efforts, and to care for people infected with HIV,” said Mr. Hilario.

Many restaurants have signed up  to donate a portion of their Thursday April 25 sales to AIDS Project RI. “We continue to sign up restaurants, so that number will likely change every day as we approach the event,” said Ms. Stein. An ever-changing list of participating restaurants may be found here.

“We ask everyone to take a look at the list and make a point to dine out at one or more of the participating restaurants on that day,” she said. “These establishments are supporting the fight against AIDS, so we’re asking the community to support them.”

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

Friday, March 08, 2013

Cooley Group Head Joins Family Service of RI Board

Daniel R. Dwight, president and chief executive officer of The Cooley Group, has joined the board of directors of Family Service of Rhode Island, a statewide non-profit human service and education organization.

 The Cooley Group, headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable, engineered membranes for some of the world's highest-profile advertising, chemical containment, military, environmental protection, and roofing initiatives.

 "It's a great honor to be part of this organization, which has a long, respected history of helping people live independently and advocate for themselves," said Mr. Dwight. "As a company, Cooley Group is committed to the local communities in which our company operates, and the values and efforts of Family Service of Rhode Island are aligned with our commitment."

Mr. Dwight holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Vermont and a master's in business administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Cooley, Dan was a partner and Cleantech & Renewable Energy Segment Leader for Tatum; President and CEO of Kronos Advanced Technologies; and a 17-year executive with General Electric in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

About Cooley Group
Founded in 1926, Cooley Group designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance, sustainable engineered membranes used in applications including some of the world’s most innovative outdoor advertising; water, fuel, and chemical containment; military; and commercial roofing initiatives. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and with multiple manufacturing facilities across the United States, Cooley Group markets and distributes its products worldwide and also collaborates with global partners to develop proprietary products and solutions. More information about Cooley Group can be found at

About Family Service of Rhode Island
Family Service of Rhode Island is a statewide non-profit social service and education organization based in Providence.  The agency, founded in 1892 , helps children traumatized by crime and violence, students facing educational barriers such as absenteeism and bullying, families in poverty, and many others in need in Rhode Island.  The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, and is well known for its partnerships with police departments, school departments and other government agencies, as well as non-profits and businesses statewide.  More information about Family Service of Rhode Island can be found at

Friday, March 01, 2013

Tracking Down Help This Tax Season

If your household earn less than $50,000 a year, there's free tax preparation help.

But where?

Thanks to our friends at The Providence Plan, it's easy to track down tax preparation assistance.

For more information, please click here.

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