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What We Do

Our mission is to provide every youth with proper support from parents and caregivers.
We never reject a youth or family. We never give up on a kid…Never!


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Welcome to Tides Family Services

BrMikeSince 1983 when Brother Michael Reis founded Tides Family Services, the agency has successfully grown from its humble beginnings with about $15,000 in seed money and an office no bigger than a supply closet to one which now has a budget exceeding $5 million and over 100 employees. The Tides’ success story is predicated on the need to give at risk youth and their families the support structure needed to maintain them at home and in their communities. This cost effective approach has been lauded by political decision makers and law enforcement professionals because it has a track record of success and keeps the youth out of costly residential programs which produce questionable results.

The Case for Support has been clearly enunciated by Dr. Joseph L. Dowling, Jr. of the Tides Board of Trustees.

We’re not only helping young people to turn their lives around, but in doing so, we are cutting down on the incidents of crime and violence and making our community safer for all of us in the future.

Today Tides Family Services continues to meet the growing needs of an ever increasing urban population and now serves, daily, some 500 high-risk youth and their families in Providence, Woonsocket, Central Falls/Pawtucket, Kent County (Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) and South County (Wakefield) and in the East Bay (Aquidneck Island). In the midst of increasing social problems manifested by inner-city gangs and gun violence, Tides maintains three storefront schools. It provides highly effective outreach and tracking program that includes extensive family support, non-traditional counseling and out of school activities.

The Tides’ outreach workers, social workers and teachers work day and night to meet with the troubled youth and their families to resolve conflict and crises. Tides’ staff are mission focused and comprised of young and energetic members who engage their clients at home, on the streets, in the schools, in Family Court, and on the basketball courts. In short, wherever troubled kids gather, the staff of Tides is there.