Child & Family Independent Living Program Manager, Natasha Garrett; Centreville Bank Commercial Loan Officer and former Child & Family board of directors member, Sara Hiebner; Child & Family Pres. & CEO, Marty Sinnott; young woman in the care of Child & Family; Centreville Bank Sr. VP of Strategic Planning & Marketing, Julie Casey; Centreville Bank Sr. VP, Chief Information Officer, Maureen Terranova Photo by: Allan Millora
Middletown, RI – Over one hundred friends of Child & Family from across Rhode Island gathered recently at OceanCliff in Newport for the 4th Annual Townsend Luncheon, a benefit for the social service agency. The June 20th event, named in honor of the 152-year old agency’s founder, Ellen Townsend, highlighted Child & Family’s important work caring for children and youth. Guest donations were matched by a generous $25,000 gift offered by The Canepari Family Fund, and a total of $55,000 was raised for the agency’s foster care programs.
Guests enjoyed string music played by Thompson Middle School students, a visit from “Ellen Townsend” and a buffet lunch. Speakers included a teen girl in the care of Child & Family who spoke movingly about the difficulties she had experienced, the difference Child & Family was making in her life, and her now-bright hopes for the future. Special guest, Paul Leys, then conducted a spirited “Fund the Mission” auction which provided guests the opportunity to make an additional donation in support of the agency’s foster care programs.
At the luncheon’s close, Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was honored for its support of Child & Family’s new “Bridge to Success” Independent Living Program, made possible through the Foundation’s generous 3-year, $300,000 grant. Centreville Bank Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Thomas J. Lamb, Jr. said, “Centreville Bank is proud to partner with Child & Family to help ensure these young people achieve their potential despite the hardships they’ve faced.” The program provides critical resources and services to youth who need support to secure housing, educational guidance, and employment and life skills training as they work towards self-sufficiency.
Centreville Commercial Loan Officer and former Child & Family board member, Sara Hiebner, spoke about the importance of the new Independent Living Program and the partnership between the bank and the agency. Child & Family President and Chief Executive Officer, Marty Sinnott, conveyed words of thanks and presented Centreville Bank representatives with a framed print.
Established in 1866, the mission of Child & Family is to strengthen families, their members, and the communities in which they live. Child & Family offers a variety of comprehensive services to help individuals and families cope with numerous complex social problems that require immediate or long-term intervention. Through multiple programs encompassing a wide range of community-based services for individuals of all ages, as well as residential treatment programs for children and youth involved in the Rhode Island child welfare system, the agency impacts thousands of Rhode Islanders each year.
As one of the largest social service agencies in the state, Child & Family operates state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, four residential homes for youth across Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, Sandpipers Early Learning Center in Middletown, a Supportive Housing program for homeless women and their children, Family Preservation Programs, Elders Services, Foster Care and more. To learn more please visit childandfamilyri.org or phone 401.849.2300.
The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation was established as a non-profit charitable organization in 2006 by the Board of Trustees to further the philanthropic mission of Centreville Bank. The Foundation's goal is to partner with local non-profit organizations that work to strengthen, grow, and contribute to the well-being of the communities that we serve.