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Tori Lyle Fund
By Jean Cohoon / May 4, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

As a licensed social worker, Tori Lyle has worked in many areas within the social work field, but it is mental health and addiction that she’s most drawn to. “Individuals affected with mental health issues and addiction are two underserved and misunderstood populations. Both diseases are so often considered moral failures. I’d like to help combat that idea.”

Born in Illinois, Tori and her family moved frequently when she was growing up, living in numerous states as well as Africa, before her family settled in Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University (LSU), where she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology. She married, had two daughters, and was a stay-at-home mom.

When the girls got older, Tori returned to LSU and earned her master’s in social work degree. She worked briefly in hospital social work before finding her niche, working in an addiction recovery facility in Baton Rouge.

Tori also was active in the Baton Rouge community, in her daughters’ schools, as well as with local chapters of Junior Achievement, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.

She helped create Baton Rouge’s first farmers market, part of an effort to revitalize Louisiana’s capital. “The city had become empty and dilapidated. There’s been a lot of work to bring it back. Through our fund at the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, we were able to assist with things we wanted to see happen in the city,” Tori explains.

Tori moved to Rhode Island in 2016. “New England is a place I’ve never lived before and only visited when my daughter was a college student in Boston. It’s so very, very different from the south. I like the architecture and the history here…the environment.”

She intends to pursue her mental health work here, both professionally by obtaining her social work license in Rhode Island and philanthropically through this donor advised fund. Already familiar with community foundations, working with the Rhode Island Foundation was a logical partnership to Tori, who says, “I want to help people better understand mental health issues and support organizations doing good work in this area.”

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