Each year, FSRI gathers more than 500 leaders from across the state for a one hour luncheon to honor a visionary advancing children’s health and wellness – as well as to help RI kids have better, brighter futures.
In 2023, your Brighter Futures investment will support FSRI’s work to end the children’s mental health crisis in our state. COVID’s collateral damage is that thousands of our kids are suffering from unprecedented levels of anxiety, stress, depression, and loss. In fact, more than one in 3 RI kids are facing a serious mental health challenge – which is a 50% increase from pre-pandemic levels. And tragically, there are not enough resources to help them.
We cannot sit still or stay silent. We must act now! Your sponsorship dollars are an investment in RI kids’ wellbeing – they will help us to expand our Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic; mobilize our children’s crisis team delivering mental health first aid; broaden our Go Teams where FSRI social workers patrol with the police to reduce trauma at crime scenes; and increase our caring and committed clinical teams who are there for RI kids and their families, 24-7.
A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, where he serves on the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Budget Committee.
Whitehouse is a fierce advocate for progressive values and a thoughtful legislator capable of reaching across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions – including passing laws overhauling federal education policy, rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, reforming the criminal and juvenile justice systems, protecting Americans from toxic chemicals in everyday products, and addressing ocean plastic waste.
He has worked to enact bipartisan measures to reduce carbon pollution and boost America’s clean energy economy. Whitehouse has stood as a staunch defender of Social Security and Medicare and has made improving care and reducing costs in our healthcare system a hallmark of his career.
Whitehouse authored the first significant bipartisan law to address the opioid crisis, the Comprehensive Addiction, and Recovery Act. He was a key player in securing important funding to support children’s mental health awareness, resources, and DCYF partnership through Project AWARE.
Contact: Frazier Bell
Director of Development