Convergence RI: Life goes on, obladi, oblada

A wonderful night in the neighborhood as ONE Neighborhood Builders celebrates its 30th anniversary

PROVIDENCE - The joint was jumping on Friday night, Sept. 22, inside the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island at 393 Broad St., where ONE Neighborhood Builders, a community development corporation, was holding its 30th birthday bash, “30 Years To Become ONE: Celebrating our past, inspiring the future.”

Trying to catch up with Jennifer Hawkins, the executive director of ONE Neighborhood Builders, to do an short interview was much like being trapped inside a pinball game, as Hawkins bounced from one guest to another, and ConvergenceRI followed in her wake, constantly bumping into friends, acquaintances and colleagues, engaging in conversations. It was convergence in action.

There was Angela Ankoma, executive vice president at United Way of Rhode Island, with whom Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was sharing photographs on his phone of his three-month-old son, Omar. It was going to be a big workday on Monday, when the president of United Way, Cortney Nicolato, began her first day on the job, Ankoma said.

There was Zachary Sherman, director of HealthSourceRI. ConvergenceRI shared a story about an acquaintance that had been suddenly terminated from his job this past summer, to be left with a $1,800-a-month family health insurance plan through COBRA. Thankfully, he had recently found a new job, but the stigma and shame had left the acquaintance unable to talk about what had happened. In the future, Sherman urged, please send those folks our way.

Courtesy of Convergence RI

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