First Connections Needs You!

Meet Mia. Mia is from Haiti, she’s a registered nurse, a wife, and a mother of four. In 2018, Mia moved to Rhode Island with her family in search of a bright future for her children. In 2020, right as COVID-19 began to change the landscape of our daily lives,

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Advocacy at Children’s Friend

Advocacy: Why Now? TWO YEARS INTO THE PANDEMIC, the most vulnerable communities in Rhode Island are suffering. The systems of care that should be there for us all – therapy for kids with developmental disabilities and delays, childcare and early childhood education, family home visiting, substance use disorder treatment –

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A Bit About the History of Black History Month

Why does Black History Month occur in February? The relevance of February goes back to 1926 when the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)’s founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson first established “Negro History Week” during the second week of February. And why that week?  Because

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It’s That Time of Year!

Did you know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a “free” filing program for those with an adjusted gross income of no more than $73,000.00? The IRS has a partnership with many filing software industry leaders that makes this offer possible. So if you’re in the mindset of staying

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Vote for Children’s Friend!

For my final blog post with Children’s Friend, I’d love to highlight an amazing project that our Innovation Lab has been working on. Please read Innovation Manager Josh Wizer-Vecchi’s blog below and vote for Children’s Friend! Stacy Couto, Chief of Philanthropy ____________________________________________________________________________________ In the summer, Children’s Friend was accepted to

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The Future of Work is Employee Well Being

We know that the pandemic has been very tough on America’s physical and mental health and we know that the personal and professional stress of the last two years has taken a toll on our workforce at Children’s Friend. When employees are physically, mentally and emotionally well, they will perform

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New Year

As we begin 2022, I extend my wishes for a happy and healthy year to all of you. These past two years have been pretty challenging for all of us. Yet, we have all worked together, to not just overcome the challenges, but to move the work of Children’s Friend

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Solution Revolution! I’m a new teacher – now what?!

The Office of Strategy Management and the Innovation Lab recently started documenting and sharing out innovative work at Children’s Friend.  We call it “Solution Revolution” – it highlights staff taking charge with creative solutions. We’re sharing one of these with you today! I’m a New Teacher, Now What?! Being a

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Holiday Wishes

We all have beloved rituals and traditions we associate with the holiday season.  Although Christmas is the dominant holiday of December, there are several other multicultural celebrations. Here are brief descriptions of the festivities- Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, often referred to as the “Festival of Lights.” Hanukkah is celebrated for

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Reflection

Each December, we find ourselves reflecting upon the year gone by.  We think of our successes as well as our challenges and vow to make those New Year’s resolutions.  Last week at Children’s Friend, we had our final management meeting of 2021 where we took a moment to reflect on

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