Strengthening Communities


Strengthening Communities

We are always looking for new ideas and new relationships to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve!  If you have an idea for a partnership, please contact us!



Contact our Intake Department at 401-519-2280 or online - click here.

Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) recognizes the value of partnerships in achieving our mission. These relationships allow FSRI to work toward a seamless web of support for the children, families and communities we serve.

Faith-Based Communities, Health Centers and Many Others
Whether it is programming offered through or in partnership with schools, health centers, faith-based communities or other places and organizations, strengthening and growing partnerships allows us to extend our reach to have more of an impact.

Partners IN Service logo

Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) has brought together businesses, faith communities and non-profits to meet emergency food and other basic needs of families with at-risk children through PINS.

It’s a marvelous program engaging all people in the community for the purpose of preserving families,” said Rev. Carl Balark of Providence’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Read the Cranston Herald's report on PINS by clicking here.

PINS - Partners in Service

Interested in becoming a "PINS" faith community, business or organization?

Contact FSRI's PINS administrator Diane Shemtov at  


Police Partnerships

Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) partners with the State Police, the Providence Police and the East Providence Police to help victims of crime address stress, anxiety, depression and other symptoms of trauma.

This work often includes "police ride-alongs," going on patrol with the police to intervene in troubled neighborhood to prevent crimes from happening and to immediately respond to the needs of victims. 

FSRI staff follow up with victims to ensure access to counseling and emergency food and clothing, and to assist in navigating the criminal justice system.

If you would like a police partnership in your community or for more information please contact Sarah Kelly-Palmer at (401) 331-1350, ext. 3211.

A Providence Police officer and Family Service of RI's Police Liaison Carla Cuellar.

Learn More About FSRI's Work Helping Victims

Click below for coverage of our work in the media and other sources, and be sure to visit our Victims of Crime page.

Providence Police and Family Service of Rhode Island Celebrate 10 Years of Partnering

2010 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Diversity Inclusion and Integration Award Winner

Providence Children's Initiative 


Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) created the Providence Children's Initiative (PCI) to help improve Providence's South Side and West End Neighborhoods. 

Our goal is healthy neighborhoods. That means improved educational, employment, recreational and physical and mental health outcomes.

Community partnerships are key. FSRI works closely with residents, government, schools, community organizations, health centers and businesses.

Have You Heard About the Walking School Bus?

Much of PCI's work has been focused in schools--for example, the nationally recognized Walking School Bus, and Full Service Community Schools.

Interested in Becoming a PCI Partner?

For more information, please contact Diane Shemtov at (401) 331-1350 ext. 2273.

Victims of Crime

Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) has programs to advocate for and assist victims of crime, in addition to our work with a number of police departments. (Link to police partnerships section).


For example, FSRI staff provides victim advocacy services for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections Parole Board and victim impact classes for prison inmates.

Improving Victim Assistance and Advocacy


In partnership with the Justice System Training and Research Institute at Roger Williams University, FSRI offers the award-winning Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy.  The academy trains police officers and other first responders in best practices when helping victims of violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, elder abuse and other crimes. 

If you are interested in the next academy session, be sure to bookmark our Professional Development page. 

Learn More About FSRI's Work with Victims

For more information about the Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy and FSRI's other work advocating for and assisting victims, please call Sarah Kelly-Palmer at (401) 331-1350 ext. 3211.