Our partnerships take many forms: some involve near-daily contact,
others, monthly or bi-monthly meetings, and others exist mostly
through referral networks between our agencies. Current collaborations
include work with the following agencies:
Family Services, located at 1268
Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02905, is dedicated to improve
the lives of children and families through their Neighborhood
Foster Care, Post Adoption, Family Support services and School
to Career programs.
Contact: Jim Gannaway at (401) 781-3669 or 1-800-499-7141.
Mediation Center of Rhode Island, located at 500 Broad Street, Unit 4B, Providence, RI 02907, since 1995 has trained
more than 300 racially and ethnically diverse mediators. Their
purpose is to help increase peaceful resolutions of conflicts
and decrease violence throughout the State.
Contact: Tonya Harris, Executive Director, Erin Wright, Program Director, at (401)
(Direct Action for Rights and Equality) - DARE's mission
is to organize low income families in communities of color for
social, economic, and political justice. DARE's organizational
strength and base is its multiracial, multilingual membership.
Members are the ones who raise and decide the issues and/or campaigns
that the organization will take on and to implement strategies
and tactics to prevail. DARE also runs a Behind the Walls Committee
that focuses on criminal justice reform.
Contact: Fred Ordonez, Executive Director, (401) 351-6960
Doors – Open Doors, formerly The Rhode Island Family
Life Center (FLC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is
to support and advocate for the reintegration of ex-offenders
into the community. Open Doors’ reentry program uses a holistic,
family-based approach to support offenders as they prepare to
leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. Open
Doors offers a one-stop center for ex-offenders and their families
as they reintegrate into the community.
Contact: Sol Rodriguez, Executive Director, (401) 781-5808
Industries - The mission of Goodwill Industries is to
provide training, education and social services that result in
employment and expanded economic opportunity for people with disabilities
and other barriers to employment in order to enhance their capacity
for independent living, and an increased quality of life and work.
Goodwill Industries also runs the Providence Youth Center, a job
development, education, and employment counseling center for youths.
Contact: Jeffrey D. Machado, Executive Director, (401) 861-2080
Institute of Rhode Island, located at 645
Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907, has for 82 years served
as a first stop, full service immigration checkpoint and referral
center providing educational, legal, interpreting, translating
and social services to immigrants and refugees throughout Rhode
Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Contact: Bill Shuey, Executive Director at (401) 401-784-8638
or Front Desk, (401) 461-5940
is a one-stop career center that matches job seekers and employers
through quality employment programs and services. People find
the jobs and training they need through their professional referral
and placement resources. The goal is to make it as easy as possible
for clients, thus each center is equipped with professional staff,
advanced technology and informational resources. For more information:
Contact: (888) 616-JOBS
School Office of Student Opportunities - the Providence
Schools Office of Student Opportunities, located at 182
Thurbers Ave., Providence, RI 02905, provides support to schools,
parents, students and community based organizations, mainly to
provide students at risk of dropping out of school, with a viable
Contact: Harry Potter, Director, at (401) 456-9126
Island Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1070
Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860, promotes and preserves the
dignity and quality of life for men, women and children, by pursuing
comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing
and homelessness. As part of its work, the Coalition manages a
homeless legal clinic where volunteer lawyers assist homeless
persons with legal matters.
Contact: Jim Ryczek, Executive Director at (401) 721-5685
Island Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHAP), is a grassroots
organization dedicated to creating a forum for the homeless community
to engage in peer-to-peer organizing, advocacy, outreach and action
to end homelessness as we know it in Rhode Island.
Contacts: John Joyce and Megan Smith at (401) 484-0234
Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. Located at 56 Pine Street,
Fourth Floor, Providence, RI 02903, RILS is a nonprofit corporation
that provides civil defense services to the indigent. RILS’s
basic priorities are to ensure that low-income people have food,
shelter, income, medical care, and freedom from domestic violence.
To accomplish this, RILS provides a full range of legal assistance,
including advice and brief service, investigation, negotiation,
and litigation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts.
RILS also provides community legal education services to its client
Contact: Robert M. Barge, Executive Director (401) 274-2652
The Office of Public Defender welcomes your involvement. If your
school or agency is interested in collaborating with the Community
Partnership Council to develop programs and/or to have us speak
to your group, you may contact us as follows: