Strength In Donor Choice
The Fund for Community Progress is Rhode Island's Community Giving Fund - connecting donors to causes they care about. By connecting donors to 25 different charitable agencies in our own communities we all become part of the solution to extinguish poverty, hunger, illiteracy, violence and discrimination.
For more than 30 years, The Fund for Community Progress has been leading Rhode Island in socially responsive philanthropy. One dollar, one donor at a time- together we are helping our neighbors thrive.
How your donation impacts your neighbors ~
Mental Health Association of Rhode Island
Jack lived on the streets of Providence for the past thirty years.
Jack’s rap sheet is ridden with arrests – all for charges associated
with his chronic homelessness and refusal to use the homeless shelters.
He considers basements, park benches, sidewalks and the spaces beneath
bridges “home.” Over the course of his three decades of homelessness,
largely due to his cognitive deficiencies and paranoia, he has not
engaged with mental health service providers. This lack of services
results in a heavy use of the hospital and prison systems, which would
have been greatly minimized if Jack had the support he needed to take
care of himself.
A district court judge cancelled a bench warrant for Jack on the
condition that he engage with social workers to successfully submit an
SSI/SSDI application on his behalf. Just weeks after submission, Jack
was awarded SSI and Medicaid. This funding allows Jack to live in
supportive housing, properly care for his health, and participate in his
community. The ACCESS and SOAR programs of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island
help individuals like Jack every day to get the supportive services and
intensive case management that they need to not only survive but thrive
as members of our Rhode Island community.