PROVIDENCE – Partners in Service, a collaboration of religious groups, businesses and service groups, gathered June 14 for an appreciation breakfast in celebration of more than a year of service to Rhode Island communities. Roughly 50 attended the breakfast, which was held at Save The Bay in Providence, and featured the Rev. Donald Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.
PINS was created last year by the Family Care Community Partnership serving Providence and is led by NonprofitFamily Service of Rhode Island Inc. The diversity of religious groups collaborating with PINS is notable and includes Temple Sinai in Cranston, Providence’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Central Falls and the Muslim American Da’wah Center of Rhode Island. Kings Towing and Service, and Jaan Yoga are some of the local businesses collaborating to serve the Rhode Island community.
“The Pins effort allows us to fulfill our vision as a congregation, of doing our share to eliminate suffering in the community," Rabbi Peter Stein of Temple Sinai said in a statement.
Pins serves families with at-risk children in the communities of Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston and Central Falls. The FCCP actively works with 350 families a month, providing services including budget advising as well as providing household essentials, Pins collaborators provide services to some of these families. For example, Kings Towing and Service has provided automotive support to families that are part of the program. Pins is looking to increase partnership with local businesses in order to make more essential services available to families in need.
“For families struggling to make financial and emotional ends meet, connection to a caring faith community or business can make all the difference,” said Family Service CEO Margaret Holland McDuff.
The concept behind Partners in Service was brought to Rhode Island by Barbara Martin, who previously worked in Vermont where the model was initially used. “Rhode Island has embraced the idea,” Martin said in a statement.