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The Providence Center Raises $200,000 at Circle of Stars

Posted: Thu, November 01, 2018

On October 18th, The Providence Center held its annual “Circle of Stars” fundraiser at the Rhode Island Convention Center, where approximately 250 supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s work in the community. The $200,000 raised will support the Center’s  innovative programs providing critical care to more than 20,000 children, adults, and families struggling with mental illness and addiction each year.

This year’s honoree was Don Barbeau, a longtime advocate who has supported the organization in numerous capacities since 2010, including the spearheading of clothing drives that contributed thousands of pieces of clothing to TPC families in need.

The event highlighted TPC’s specialized services for veterans, including Joyce House, a 12-unit apartment house in Providence that provides homeless veterans with supported housing and includes wrap-around services like mental health and substance use treatment and recovery supports. The speaking program featured remarks from Barbeau, himself a veteran, and an inspiring speech about recovery from a veteran and former TPC client who found success with the help of Joyce House services.

 “We serve hundreds of veterans; each of them is unique, and so is their care,” said Deborah M. O’Brien, BS, RN, MPA, president and chief operating officer of The Providence Center. “It’s part of our organizational DNA to believe that no one is ‘typical,’ and that every person we care for has his or her own path to recovery, an individualized plan centered around personal goals and personal strengths.”

Major sponsors for the event included Dispill-USA Inc., Malcolm G. Chace, Jr., Joshua and Cindy Teverow, Dominion Diagnostics, LLC, the Martyn Family Foundation, Jim and Shelley Botvin, and Deborah and Rich O’Brien.