Grant funds upgrades to St. Mary’s Home for Children

Grant funds upgrades to St. Mary’s Home for Children

NORTH PROVIDENCE – A grant from the Champlin Foundation will go toward much-needed improvements at St. Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence.

The Champlin Foundation recently announced that St. Mary’s was selected for a $57,530 grant to go toward repaving the parking lot and improving drainage at the site.

St. Mary’s Home, located on Fruit Hill Avenue, offers psychiatric residential treatment for children, comprehensive office- and community-based mental health programs, a special education school, and training services for trauma treatment.

Executive Director Carlene Casciano-McCann told The Breeze that the nonprofit is grateful for the Champlin Foundation’s support in helping to make many necessary capital improvements to the aging facility.

“Providing a safe and welcoming space is so important when helping our clients, predominantly children, to heal from trauma and find hope again,” she said.

“While past grants and this new grant are focused on facilities, they are really about the people we serve and ensuring that they have everything they need to succeed.”

Casciano-McCann said the Champlin Foundation is an integral part of St. Mary’s mission, noting that their partnership has also spurred St. Mary’s to make additional capital improvements beyond the grants, “creating a win-win situation for our clients, staff and community. We could not be successful without the support of foundations like Champlin.”

The grant was part of $18 million recently awarded to a group of 188 local organizations by the foundation.

“The nonprofit community in Rhode Island has navigated the current health and economic crises with extraordinary resilience, while also keeping a firm eye on building for the future.

“At a time when their services are in greater demand than ever before, so many essential charities have stepped up, their leadership thinking innovatively about how to adjust programming and deliver support,” said Nina Stack, executive director of the foundation.

“The Champlin Foundation is proud to support these agencies and organizations to expand their reach and impact, and to play a part in their vital efforts to help R.I. weather this storm and the challenges that await us in the future,” she said.

The work is expected to begin in 2021.