Progreso Latino and Centro de Innovacion Mujer Latina receive grants to help families, individuals and First Responders

 Progreso Latino and Centro de Innovacion Mujer Latina receive grants to help families, individuals and First Responders
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The Rhode Island Foundation and the McKee Administration’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services have announced that Progreso Latino and Centro de Innovacion Mujer Latina are among the organizations that will share $1.3 million in grants to address the state’s opioid epidemic.

“As we tackle the overdose crisis, we remain united in our efforts to save and enhance lives,” said Governor Dan McKee. ”We are grateful to the Rhode Island Foundation for their partnership as we work together to better the lives of those impacted by this epidemic.”


The grants fund assistance for individuals and families who are impacted by substance use or opioid use, First Responders and organizations made up of or serving families of people who use drugs, people in recovery or people who have passed away because of an overdose.

“People who are living with the consequences of this tragic epidemic on a daily basis are under tremendous psychological, financial and emotional stress,” said David N. Cicilline, the Foundation’s President and CEO. “As the state’s community foundation, we are pleased to be a partner in ensuring that this crucial funding is put to work getting Rhode Islanders the help they need to lead healthy lives.”

“Rhode Island’s priorities are to prevent overdoses, overdose deaths and opioid misuse by identifying, developing and evaluating multi-level strategies and interventions,” said EOHHS Secretary Richard Charest. “As such, EOHHS is pleased to partner with the Rhode Island Foundation to award these grants in three categories: Basic Needs Support, Family Support and Trauma Support.”


Progreso Latino will use the grant to support its Comprehensive Family Support Initiative, which will connect people to bilingual peer and family support groups, as well as various other resources, including social services, wellness activities and educational opportunities. In addition, the organization will offer preventive youth mentorship programming and chronic pain management courses for adults.


“Our work will address the unique needs of individuals in active drug use, those in recovery and their families and loved ones. Our primary goal is to offer a spectrum of support services tailored to the diverse needs within these communities. Recognizing the intricate challenges faced by marginalized populations, we aim to break down barriers, bridge gaps and enhance access to vital services,” said Mario Bueno, executive director.


Children’s Friend and Service, the Community Care Alliance, Project Weber/RENEW, Rhode Island Hospital and  Thundermist Health Center are some of the other nonprofits that will share the funding.

The funding comes from the settlements secured by Attorney General Peter F. Neronha.


“While no amount of money can undo the harm caused by opioid manufacturers, distributors, and consultants to Rhode Islanders and their families, I am thrilled that the funds my Office has recovered will continue to be put to good use through these local nonprofits,” said Neronha. “Decades later, opioid addiction continues to wreak havoc on our state, and I commend these nonprofits for their commitment towards treatment, prevention, and recovery efforts.”


This is the second round of grants funded by the proceeds of the settlements. Last year, the Foundation awarded $3.25 million to 15 nonprofit organizations to address opioid use, treatment and prevention.

Pursuant to the various settlement agreements, all the funds are required to be directed to opioid abatement – including expanding access to opioid use disorder prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.

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