Who We Are

Instilling Hope

Over 14,000 of Rhode Island’s children under 5 are living in poverty.
Nearly 1,500 of these children are victims of abuse and neglect.

And Then There Are Stories…

• A child traumatized by violence at school, in their neighborhood, and at home.
• A mother with a disabling disease consumed by desperation and survival.
• A family forced to choose between heating their third floor or putting food on the table.

These stories inspire us to keep going. Day after day, we put names to these stories.
We then witness them transform—through small steps, tiny miracles and home-grown hope.

Our Story

Our story at Tides Family Services only matters because theirs do and over 30 years ago Brother Michael Reis decided to do something about these stories. The result? We’ve been meeting people where they’re at emotionally and physically since 1983.

  • We’re sitting at their kitchen tables.
  • We’re playing in their parks.
  • We’re helping them manage their days and nights together.

One thing we know for sure is that these aren’t simply youth issues; these are family issues. Family is the missing link that is overlooked by other services. Our cost-effective approach has been commended by political decision-makers and law enforcement professionals because it has a track record of success. Tides keeps youth out of costly residential programs and prevails in producing better results.

What began with $15,000 in seed money and a closet-sized office has grown to a staff of over 100 dedicated employees and an operations budget 400 times its start.

Speaking of our staff, we’re a team of energetic and impassioned outreach workers, social workers, and teachers working day and night to meet with youth and their families—in their homes, on the streets, in the schools, in family court, and on the basketball courts. Central to our work is always an strength-based approach combined with data-driven decision making.

Every day we work with over 500 high-risk youth and their families in the core cities of Providence, Woonsocket, Central Falls/Pawtucket, Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick. We maintain two storefront schools and provide highly effective outreach and tracking program that includes extensive family support, non-traditional counseling and out of school activities. For more on our services, head here.

At the end of the day, the #1 thing to know is that wherever the kids in need are, Tides staff will be there.




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