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—Marietta Rodriguez, incoming president and CEO of NeighborWorks America
Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position, and is particularly well suited to ensuring that NeighborWorks America continues to fulfill its mission. She will be reaching out to various stakeholders and partners in the coming weeks and months. She looks forward to renewing old friendships, creating new ties and working together to find innovative ways for us, our network and our partners to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen communities.
Courtesy of NeighborWorks America
Providence, R.I. (June 28, 2018): Following a national search, the Board of Directors for United Way of Rhode Island has selected Cortney Nicolato to lead the organization as its next President and CEO. She joins the organization on September 24, 2018, succeeding Anthony Maione, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Nicolato, a resident of Lantana, Texas, was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She has held executive leadership positions in the nonprofit and business sectors for more than 17 years. Among her accomplishments, Nicolato cultivated strategic partnerships with more than 100 organizations worldwide, fundraised successfully for multiple organizations, and is sought-after as both a mentor and influencer.
Nicolato is currently President and CEO of The Senior Source, the largest social services non-profit serving older adults in North Texas. Previously, she was recruited to Dallas in 2005 to manage national and international strategic alliances for the American Heart Association’s National Center. Following a progression of leadership roles with the American Heart Association, Nicolato served Get Real Health as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, where she led go-to-market strategy for an award-winning engagement platform for 17 million patients in six countries.
“I am so humbled by the opportunity to come home and serve the community that means so much to me,” says Nicolato. “My career has been centered on impacting lives using innovative approaches and I am thrilled to build on the great work already happening at United Way of Rhode Island.”
KLR Executive Search Group was engaged to conduct the search for Maione’s replacement. The search committee was led by UWRI Board Member Dolph L. Johnson, Jr., EVP & Chief HR Officer for Hasbro, Inc. “Cortney brings a deep passion to serve others and to bring innovative approaches to long-standing community challenges,” says Johnson. “ As president and CEO for The Senior Source, her focus on solving big community issues, leading through change, and reducing poverty have all prepared her well to successfully lead United Way of Rhode Island. Her work will make a measurable impact for our state.”
Maione led the organization as President and CEO since January, 2005. His retirement caps a 35-year career as a nonprofit CEO. During his leadership, United Way of Rhode Island has raised more than $170 million dollars and faced some of the most turbulent times in nonprofit history. Maione is a resident of North Kingstown; he is a graduate of Rhode Island College and URI.
“With Tony’s leadership, United Way has taken on a major role in solving important community issues,” says UWRI Board President Sandra J. Pattie, President and CEO of BankNewport. “United Way has initiated programs and policies to reduce homelessness, increase affordable housing, improve workforce training and develop high quality pre-kindergarten, afterschool and summer learning programs. The Board is grateful to Tony for his exceptional stewardship of the organization, which he leaves in a strong financial position.”
During Maione’s tenure, United Way of Rhode Island changed its grant model to a three-year competitive system, moved its home office from the East Side of Providence to Olneyville, and established the statewide 2-1-1 call center. In recent years, United Way’s 2-1-1 in Rhode Island has become a national model, the first to offer walk-in services for clients and the highest-call volume (per capita) 2-1-1 in the country – taking nearly 200,000 requests a year. United Way also led the passage of three housing bonds, and continues to focus on work that addresses problems at their roots.
United Way of Rhode Island is changing lives and strengthening our communities by investing in proven programs that work over the short-term, and are scalable over the long-term. For more information, visit www.LIVEUNITEDri.org.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
By: Philip Cozzolino
CHARLESTOWN - Habitat for Humanity has welcomed a new face as its executive director. Colin Penney took over the position on Oct. 30 after a nationwide search. Penney takes over the post from Lou Raymond, who is set to retire later this year after 15 years of service to the Charlestown non-profit organization, a branch of the nationwide non-profit which seeks to provide affordable, quality housing for all. In announcing the appointment, Val Henry, president of the South County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, was excited to welcome Habitat’s new leader. “We are extremely excited to welcome Colin to South County Habitat,” Henry said. “We look forward to his leadership as we work together continuing in our mission of providing affordable housing in our community.”Henry went on to say the search for a new executive director led South County Habitat on a nationwide exploration of candidates that included over 150 applicants. Of that pool, Penney was the organization’s top choice. Penney comes to South County Habitat with over 15 years of experience in non-profits and affordable housing, and has extensive experience working with Habitat for Humanity various chapters across the country, both as a volunteer and staff member. Most recently, he served as the program director for Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley in the Youngstown area of Ohio. Youngstown, Ohio is currently one of the most affordable places in the country to live – a stark contrast from the pricey real estate market of New England.
“Land [in northern Ohio] has very little value because there’s lots of it available,” Penney said when asked what would be different between the two locations. “Working in a community where oftentimes the land is just as valuable as the materials you’re putting onto it adds an additional challenge to affordability in the area. And as land values continue to increase as more and more people want to move to such a wonderful area, that lack of land and access to land is definitely going to be an ongoing challenge that Habitat will be facing.” Penney became dedicated to combatting homelessness while studying sociology and anthropology at Ohio Wesleyan University, working with the Columbus, Ohio homeless population and studying how city growth and new infrastructure had triggered a system in which low-income individuals were forced from their homes and into the streets. While working as Mahoning Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Program Director, Penney was directly responsible for all of the organizations volunteer recruitment and training and selection of homebuyers. Working directly with those preparing to become homeowners for the first time, Penney assisted with mortgages, loans and payment collection.
As executive director for South County Habitat, Penney will oversee all operations of the non-profit organization.
“A lot of my experience, particularly on the loan and mortgage side, is something we’re really looking to remodel with the new affiliate and take the affiliate in a new direction to try to simplify and bring a lot of that [work] in-house,” he said. “It will be a big benefit.”
“I’m really looking forward to getting to know the community,” Penney continued. “Habitat really is a community-based organization, we couldn’t do it without our hundreds and hundreds of volunteers and all the donations that are coming everywhere from the University of Rhode Island to local businesses to community members who want to take that time either swinging a hammer or open their wallets to make a donation. I’m really looking forward to integrating myself into that community, getting to know as many folks as I can and figure out what the biggest need is in affordable housing.”
When asked about those housing needs unique to South County and New England, Penney spoke to the effect short-term rentals have had on the local housing market.
“I think one of the really unique housing issues in South County is the kind of housing carousel,” he said. “Where there’s individuals who might not qualify for traditional home loans through a bank but are very stable financially and just aren’t quite ready for that next step, and as a result, they’re forced to rent. With the nine-month academic rental paired with the three-month summer rental, finding consistent, year-round housing is incredibly difficult and very expensive and adds a lot of stress to individual families.” Being a native New Englander originally from Vermont, Penney is excited to return to the northeast.
“I have been fortunate to build with so many Habitat affiliates across the country, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to return to New England and serve a community so close to where I was raised,” the new executive director said. “I have seen the impact Habitat has on the lives of its homeowners, the hearts of its volunteers, and the spirit of the local community it serves. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting involved as quickly as possible.”
Courtesy of The Narragansett Times
PROVIDENCE – Three NeighborWorks America organizations in Rhode Island will receive a combined $656,000 in federal funding, Sen. Jack F. Reed, D-R.I., announced Tuesday evening.
NeighborWorks is a congressionally chartered nonprofit focused on providing and building affordable housing. Last year, the program assisted 2,035 families in Rhode Island in getting affordable housing and counseling.
The funding comes from the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed in March. Reed said the bill secured $140 million for the nonprofit nationwide.
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley will receive $258,000 from the bill. The organization works in northern Rhode Island and will use the funds primarily for its Greenridge project in Burrillville, which, when completed, will provide 96 affordable apartments for low-income families.
ONE Neighborhood Builders will receive $210,000. ONB builds affordable housing in the Olneyville and Elmwood neighborhoods in Providence.
West Elmwood Housing Development Corp. will receive $188,000. WEHDC provides housing services in the West End neighborhood of Providence and helps individuals and families meet their affordable-housing needs.
NeighborWorks, and more specifically these vital organizations, work incredibly hard to ensure that Rhode Islanders have access to affordable housing,” said Reed in a statement.
Courtesy of Providence Business News
Saturday, November 10, 2018
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Joe Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley in Woonsocket, is the recipient of this year’s $50,000 Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation.
“It is truly amazing to be recognized for work you love and believe in. I consider myself lucky to be part of Rhode Island’s network of nonprofit community development corporations who work diligently to make sure our neighbors have homes they can afford in neighborhoods filled with opportunity. I’d also like to acknowledge my staff who work as hard as I do to fulfill our community mission,” said Garlick.
With the award, Garlick received $50,000 in recognition of his commitment to revitalizing urban neighborhoods. There are no restrictions on the use of the money.
“Joe’s tireless dedication to improving the community around him is an inspiring example for others to follow. Our family takes great pride in honoring him for his drive and his accomplishments,” said Paula McNamara, daughter of Terrence and Suzanne Murray, who along with her family established the Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Foundation last year.
This is just the second time the Murray Family Prize has been awarded.
Garlick has been NWBRV’s executive director since 1994.
During his tenure, NWBRV has developed $18 million of single family housing, $98 million of rental housing and 90,000 square feet of commercial space.
Among the projects Garlick has led are the creation of more than 100 affordable apartments in the Constitution Hill neighborhood of Woonsocket, the construction of 80 affordable apartments for seniors at The Meadows in North Smithfield and the conversion of the former Stillwater Mill in Burrillville into 47 affordable rental units at Clocktower Apartments in Burrillville.
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