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Nonprofits receive $67,000 to serve Barrington residents
By Chris Barnett / September 27, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $67,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations through its Barrington District Nursing Association Fund.

“Every grant we make underscores our commitment to moving Rhode Island forward. We work closely with our donors and grantees to ensure there are the resources and the resourcefulness to achieve great impact,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

The Foundation’s single largest grant was awarded to the East Bay Community Action Program, which received $20,000 to provide better access to comprehensive, integrated primary health care services to low income, uninsured residents and senior citizens of Barrington.

“Our Barrington facility does not currently offer on-site primary medical care and thus they are unable to offer a fully integrated spectrum of care to clients being seen at that site. This often results in persons with a variety of behavioral health diagnoses receiving fragmented and sporadic care at best,” said Dennis Roy, president and CEO.  “This funding will support embedding primary medical care in this facility, which is key to successfully transitioning to a fully integrated model of care.”

Dennis Roy, center, and Fran Fontaine, right, both with Eat Bay Community Action Program

Barrington Tap-In received $2,232 to provide liability insurance for the organization, which provides direct assistance to approximately 1,250 individuals per month, including, clothing for children, household goods, toiletries, rides to medical appointments, and special holiday programs. 

“Because our budget is limited, this support for the insurance premium enables us to use the funds from our own budget to support other areas of need, such as the food pantry,” said Susan Holmes co-president.

Located in the lower level of the Barrington Public Library, the all-volunteer organization serves residents of Barrington, Bristol, East Providence and Warren.

Friends of the Barrington Senior Center received $3,000 to provide additional service hours for health insurance counseling, emergency dialer services and home visits to Barrington residents.

“Our goal is to provide outreach/dialer services to at least 600 Barrington residents.  The one constant in this equation is the growth of the senior population and the need for programs and services that support their quality of life,” said Michele Geremia, director of recreation and leisure services.

Good Neighbors of Riverside received $4,369 to help support its day shelter, soup kitchen and food pantry. The organization served 21,534 meals in 2016, and provided 1,498 bags of groceries.

“Our mission is to provide nourishing, tasty and attractive meals, provide free clothing and hygiene products from donations, provide a comfortable setting where companionship can be fostered and provide opportunities to encourage a spirit of good will in a warm, pleasant environment,” said Wendy Davis, of the organization’s board of directors.

Women’s Resource Center received $7,500 to support one-on-one counseling for victims of domestic violence in Barrington. Forty-seven Barrington residents who were survivors of domestic violence, and their children, received one-on-one counseling, group counseling and supportive groups, delivered by a highly skilled and experienced counseling team.

“The goal of our program is for Barrington residents, who are survivors of domestic violence, and their children, to be free from violence. This supports helps us to increase our capacity in responding more immediately to the needs of domestic violence victims,” said Lori DiPersio, executive director.

Meals on Wheels received $3,000 to provide meals and social services to homebound residents of Barrington. Last year, the organization provided 4,792 meals and social services to 41 homebound Barrington residents.

“This enable us to provide daily nutritious meals, safety checks and socialization for seniors and other homebound residents. Our help is a lifeline for seniors who are in danger of missing a meal or experiencing health and safety issues due to isolation, frailty, and poverty,” said Heather Amaral, executive director. “Most of the program participants live alone or are homebound. Our meal volunteer may be the only person the client sees on a regular daily basis.”

Bayside Family YMCA received $8,160 to provide health and wellness programs, including group exercise classes, nutrition education, a chronic disease management course and a fall-prevention program.

“Physical activity programs are important not only to the overall physical well-being of an individual but also to mental well-being. Group exercise classes encourage social interaction.  Friends are made, laughter is encouraged and a good time is had by all,” said Heather Ivil, executive director.

Visiting Nurse Services received $5,000 to support its adult health clinics and HomMed tele-monitoring program, which provides remote daily monitoring of homebound individuals at high risk of hospital readmission using in-home, hospital-grade technology to measure and transmit vital signs to VNS nurses.

“We will provide free, accessible services that prevent or minimize chronic disease and promote optimal health.  Our goal is to promote healthy communities, prevent disease and help people of all ages to thrive and stay in their homes and communities when faced with an illness or health complication,” said Beth Wilcox, grants administrator.

VNA of Rhode Island received $14,569 to provide home health and hospice services to residents who are just home from a hospital stay for surgery, an illness or an injury. The services include daily tele-monitoring of vital signs to detect problems quickly, interpreter services, medication management and social workers to assist with barriers to compliance. 

Incorporated in 1923, the Barrington District Nursing Association ceased operation in 1968, when it merged with a number of smaller agencies to create the East Shore District Nursing Association. In 1989, the board of the former Barrington District Nursing Association voted to turn its assets over to the Foundation and create the fund that bears the organization’s name and continues its mission.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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