To improve the quality of life for persons who experience significant and persistent behavioral health issues
or chronic homelessness by providing and/or coordinating a range of residential and community based services that focus on recovery, wellness and personal growth.
Mental illness and addictions are like any other illness. There are effective treatments and supportive services that enable the individual with mental illness to adapt and live a satisfying life in the community.
Everyone needs to feel loved and respected, to be useful and to have control over one’s life. Riverwood assists people with behavioral health issues to meet these goals, providing a foundation on which to build. At Riverwood, members find both a home and an opportunity to participate fully in their communities. Members have jobs, interact with their families, socialize with friends, pursue hobbies and interests, work out at the YMCA, belong to clubs, and participate in religious activities. Some are involved in volunteer programs, such as delivering Meals on Wheels to people who are home-bound. Others use their considerable talents participating in a well-known musical group.Read complete article...
Providence, R.I. -- Riverwood Mental Health Services has received a $200,000 grant from The Rhode Island Foundation to expand its highly successful Housing First RI (HFRI) program to serve the chronically homeless.
The HFRI program will use the funds to increase the number of housing units in underserved areas, integrate medical care, and document the overall economic and social impact of the HFRI program on the community.
“While the money is certainly important, the grant’s endorsement of the value of permanent supportive housing as a solution to chronic homelessness by the Rhode Island Foundation should go far in our efforts to establish the long-term sustainability of the program,” said Daniel Kubas-Meyer, Executive Director of Riverwood Mental Health Services.
Everyone Deserves A Home will help to raise awareness of Rhode Island’s homeless population and the already successful homeless recovery efforts of Riverwood’s Housing First program. The program provides permanent supportive housing, quality services and substantial monetary savings to the state and tax payers. Through your support, we can continue to push for Rhode Island to be the first state to be completely recovered of homelessness!
The project features original music by Kingston 530, Michelle Cruz Quartet, James Thomas, MOGA, Lara Herscovitch, Mr. Chubb, Ronnee Ringquist, Alex Agronick, 5th Elament, Beth Desombre, Jan Luby, and Robert Johnson Howard.