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Domestic Violence Resource Center

61 Main St.
Wakefield, RI 02879
(401) 782-3995

The Center offers services to victims of domestic violence and the community, 24-hour help-line, court advocacy, safe home, drop-in center, groups, counseling, community and school-based education programs.

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Dorcas Place Adult and Family Learning Center

220 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 273-8866

We provide basic adult education classes and English as a second language classes. We also have an after school program for elementary school students and a family literacy program. These are areas in which an intern could assist.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd.
Newport, RI 02804
(401) 846-4828

The Community Center provides many programs including: preschool daycare, K-5, and middle school after school programs, teen evening programs, a breakfast program, emergency food services, and social groups for seniors.

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East Bay Community Action Head Start & Early Head Start

386 Willett Ave.
Riverside, RI 20915
(401) 437-0018

Federally funded comprehensive program servicing low-income families, children birth-5 years old, open year round with both full and part day programs.

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East Greenwich Public School

Strategic Support Program
C/o Meadowbrook Farms School
2 Chestnut Drive
East Greenwich, RI 02818
(401) 398-1634

Public school mentoring program for K-12th grade "at risk" students. Programs include: 1:1 mentoring, peer mentoring, homework clubs, tutoring, family and community events, in classroom shadows, and family and resources support.

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Elizabeth Buffman Chace Center

P.O. Box 9476
Warwick, RI 02889
(401) 738-9700

Non-profit organization serving families and victims of domestic abuse. Services include: safe-shelter, counseling, court advocacy, community out-reach, and 24-hour hotline. Positions include: Hotline advocate, Childcare advocate, Resident advocate, and Court Advocate.

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Families Learning Together - Westerly Public Schools

93 Tower Street

Westerly, RI 02891

(401) 348-2733


Families Learning Together (FLT) is the Westerly Public Schools’ Family Literacy Program. FLT provides a variety of programs including: Adult education, English classes for speakers of other languages, early childhood education, interactive literacy, parenting education and before and after school enrichment.


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The Family Outreach Center Inc. (FOCus)

11 Hawthorne St.
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 781-6996

FOCus is dedicated to strengthening the family unit, preserving family values, keeping the family together, and promoting systemic change within the family. FOCus serves the entire family through its education outreach and childcare programs, which addresses the intergenerational problems existing among the poor and disadvantaged. Classes are provided for adults in ESL and GED, supplemented with parenting, job readiness and basic life skills. A licensed childcare provider for the children 6 weeks, to 5 years is available on site. The outreach component is the link between the home and the center and offers social services to the families.

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Federal Hill House Association

9 Courtland St.
Providence, RI 02909
(401) 421-4722

Federal Hill House is a multipurpose social service agency that has been serving the residents of Providence for over 100 years. Current programming includes senior meal site, emergency food, childcare for children 18 months to 14 years old, victims of crime assistance, youth leadership group, Bundles of joy family resource center (a family support program providing instrumental and emotional support, child development information, socialization opportunities and referrals to families who are prenatal or parenting a child aged 0-5), and a fathers program designed to meet the needs of men.

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Genesis Center

620 Potters Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 781-6110

The Genesis Center serves up to 500 individuals and 74 daycare families annually from more than 25 countries and 10 language groups. The self-sufficiency of our clients depends primarily on access to the essential life skills and occupational/job skills training to support themselves and their families. The Center offers adult education classes (including English, math, GED, and citizenship), a child- care center (for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old), a job training center (with instruction, experience, and internships), and a support center (offering case management, health education, and referrals to social services). Some programs are also offered at local off-site locations.

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Girl Scouts of RI

125 Charles St.
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 331-4500 x407

Girl Scouting is a program for girls from K-12. Troops/programs meet once a week for 2 hours at various sites in the state. We are looking for student interns interested in running after school or Saturday programs.

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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities

John O’Pastore Center
41 Cherry Dale Ct.
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 462-0104

Our agency promotes public policy, which leads to independence, productivity, and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. We do: advocacy, legislation, ADA compliance, technical assistance, physical accessibility, referral services and medication services.

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Groden Center, Inc.

86 Mt. Hope Ave.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 274-6310 x1025

Day and residential treatment and educational programs servicing children and youth who have developmental and behavioral difficulties. Education and treatment take place in classrooms, homes, and the community. The center uses the most well-developed and effective modes of behavioral treatment that emphasize innovative and therapeutic procedures.

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Heritage Park YMCA

333 Roosevelt Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 727-7050

Heritage Park YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Pawtucket, Inc., is a facility licensed by the DCYF for infants and children through Grade 1 and serves the urban communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Heritage Park has been in operation since September 1999 and is currently licensed for 100 infants and toddlers, 165 preschoolers and 197 school age children. The Center is located in a renovated factory on the banks of the Blackstone River and has two outdoor and two indoor play places and 20 classrooms for active learning. The curriculum focuses on age appropriate skill development where play and exploration is emphasized. Heritage Park YMCA has a diverse staff who reflect the diversity of the children enrolled at the Center.

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Hope Alzheimer’s Center

25 Brayton Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 946-9220

Hope is an adult day center that provides case management, therapeutic activities, personal care, nursing and nutritional supervision. It is the only Center specially designed for persons with Alzheimer’s and/dementia related illness in the state of Rhode Island.

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