Thursday, April 25, 2013
Event hosted workshops on school and community violence prevention, healthy relationships & teen dating violence prevention, and substance abuse.
Fifty young people participated in the second annual Youth Summit April 19 at Woonsocket High School. The event, whose theme was “health & wellness,” included workshops and youth-led activities addressing issues such as school and community violence prevention, promoting healthy relationships & teen dating violence prevention, and substance abuse. About 20 parents attended the evening portion of the program that culminated in a presentation of skits and songs by the participating youth based on the workshop topics. Youth leaders from Woonsocket High School, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts and North Smithfield High School played a major role in shaping the summit. The event was organized by the Woonsocket After School Coalition …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Funds will help replace ceiling fans for bedrooms and living areas.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) has awarded a $2,000 grant to Family Resources Community Action. Family Resources Community Action serves low-income individuals and families in the city of Woonsocket and the greater Northern RhodeIsland region. The agency’s mission is to strengthen families and individuals through social services,education, and economic opportunity while respecting the dignity of the people they serve. Family Resources Community Action’s Woonsocket Shelter serves more than 10,000 people annually providingover 30 programs to the most vulnerable families in Rhode Island. The Shelter provided 24,339 bednights of shelter last fiscal year. Although the stay at the shelter is traditionally limited to 90 days,continued economic …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Here are 5 Things to know today, Jan. 26
1. Interested in purchasing a new home? Learn more about the home buying process, buying in the new economy, how to assess if your ready and how to best prepare for the purchase of a new house from HUD-approved housing counsellors at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley tonight at 6 p.m. at 719 Front St. Sessions are free and open to the public. 2. Why not start your home hunt this weekend? Start your search right here. Check back with Patch tomorrow after 10 a.m. for a listing of open houses in the area. 3. Don't forget it's tax time. Family Resources Community Action is providing free income tax preparation for families with incomes less than $51,000. All preparers are certified by the IRS, and E-filing is done for fast returns. …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Release: Innovative program helps local residents learn skills and find employment in the health care field.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Ten motivated Northern Rhode Island residents celebrated their recent completion of the Stepping Up Health Care Career Orientation Program at a graduation ceremony on Wednesday at the Connecting for Children and Families’ (CCF) Chaplin-Perez Community Center. On hand to salute the graduates were U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Woonsocket Mayor Leo T. Fontaine. Stepping Up is an innovative career ladders program that provides training, education, career coaching, and support services for entry-level health care workers and for Rhode Island community residents. The graduates shared their inspirational stories and future aspirations at the ceremony that marked the completion of three 12- week programs. “We started our Stepping Up classes in …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Release: 11 local students graduate from new program at FRCA.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Family Resources Community Action (FRCA) has partnered with Homefront Health Care to offer a new Homemaker training in Woonsocket. Homemakers visit elderly individuals in their own homes and provide light housekeeping, cooking and support with errands, enabling the elderly to remain in their own homes. The following students received certificates from the program: Marleny Cepeda, Kari Spaulding, Rebecca Lindall, Tammy Rojee, Ashley Guilmain, Stephanie Nasif, Natasha De la Rosa, Yannely Acevedo, Ashley Nyarko, Doriana Santana and Phyllis Taylor. Instructors Carol Hartman Rabbitt, FRCA and Tammy Martin, RN Homefront Health Care provided the training for eleven students all of whom graduated from the program and will now pursue jobs as …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The end of yard waste pick-up for the season, a trip on the Polar Express, a beer and dynamite and more in Wednesday's five things you need to know.
Final weeks for yard waste- Residents are reminded that curbside pick-up of yard waste (grass clippings, small branches, weeds, etc.) will end on your trash/recycling curbside collection day on the week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 9. Curbside yard waste collection will resume in April 2012. The yard waste drop-off site in Blackstone, MA, off Canal Street (North Smithfield) will be closing for the season on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Until the closing date it will continue to be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The site will re-open in April 2012. The drop-off site is for those residents having the appropriate yard waste sticker. Residents are also reminded that it is illegal to throw yard waste in the household waste collection carts. Questions can be …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A money management workshop, Thanksgiving story hour, speed networking and more in Thursday's five things.
Speed Networking- The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce is holding a Speed Networking event this morning at Rick's Music World, 2352 Mendon Rd., Cumberland from 8- 9:30 a.m. Build your network by meeting other business people one-on-one where you are asked to share your "60 second elevator speech." Describe your respective businesses, exchange business cards and pass on referrals. This is a great opportunity to develop many leads in a short period of time. The event cost $5 for members and $15 for non-members and one lucky participant will walk away with a Yamaha Acoustic Guitar. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards. Click here to register. Summer Infant Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Conference Call Summer Infant has announced …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Hundreds of community residents walk to raise funds for the Woonsocket Homeless Shelter.
Around 450 walkers met at River Island Park for the ShelterWalk Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for the Woonsocket Homeless Shelter, the largest group in the event's 23 year history. Mayor Leo Fontaine and U.S. Congressman David Cicilline kicked off the walk with speeches for the 25 plus participating in teams. Walkers were treated to a sunny, mild weather for the roughly three-mile hike, which wound around the park, down Front Street, to Orchard Street, South Main and Sayles Street, eventually returning to the park by River Street. The morning was completed with refreshments and raffles to local establishments, with winners called out by WOON 1240 DJ Victor Ramos. Sponsors included the North Smithfield Animal Hospital; …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Today is Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Here are five things you need to know.
ShelterWalk helps Woonsocket families After experiencing a loss of income and other personal difficulties, Danielle Plante and her children Nathaniel and Brianna found themselves homeless. They sought help at the Woonsocket Shelter, where in addition to emergency housing they received support including heathcare, life skills training and after school tutoring. The family is currently working with the staff to find a place to call home and is pictured above. For over 20 years, the Woonsocket Shelter has been helping people like the Plante family get the support they need to transition to safe, permanent housing. Last year the shelter served 340 individuals, more than half of them children. The current economic conditions have led to an …