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January 8, 2008
Feds give $2.5M to R.I. program for poor children
Children’s Friend and Service in Rhode Island is getting a federal boost in its effort to help children living in poverty.
The organization’s Project Connect program has been awarded a 5-year, $2.5-million grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
The program offers parents home-based treatment and referrals for substance abuse and other domestic problems that affect children.
“This investment of federal resources in the Rhode Island economy, and more importantly in our child welfare system, is timely and badly needed,” David Caprio, executive director of Children’s Friend said in a statement.
According to a statement released by the organization, the money will be used to expand the program throughout the state and allow 90 more families to participate. Currently six Rhode Island communities take part in Project Connect: Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, East Providence, Warwick, and West Warwick
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