185th Annual Meeting


It was great to gather last week for the 185th Annual Meeting of Children’s Friend. What a wonderful history and impact this agency has had and made for vulnerable young children and families in Rhode Island.

At the Annual Meeting we thanked our outgoing Chairman, Bill Allen, for his amazing leadership these past three years, and we welcomed Michael DiSandro as our new Chairman. We recognized over 100 employees who received service awards recognizing 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service to Children’s Friend. We presented the Michelle Norris Award to a very special and deserving man, Lee Grossi.

This is also the 10th anniversary of Head Start and WIC services at Children’s Friend. We took some time to reflect on the shared journey to date, and the amazing opportunities that we have ahead of us to best serve Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children.