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Vivian NanoVivian Nano credits The Providence Center with helping rebuild her life


In 2004, a bomb exploded outside of Vivian Nano’s home in Baghdad, Iraq, killing her husband and his entire family. Buried alive for days beneath rubble, Vivian’s face was shattered, and she had numerous broken bones, while she laid motionless, losing hope. Vivian’s injuries required her to undergo 12 surgeries in various countries including Iraq, Jordan, and the United States.

Eleven years ago, suffering with depression and PTSD, Vivian moved halfway across the world to Providence, RI, as a refugee. It was the first time, she said, she felt an inkling of hope, after working with staff at The Providence Center, who helped her with her PTSD, her overall health and well-being, as well as her education. 

“It has been a long journey, but the staff I worked with at The Providence Center was always there for me. They got me through one of the toughest times in my life,” said Vivian, now proud to have a new job, new friends, and loves her Rhode Island community and home.

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