Lombardi to receive award for helping children at St. Mary’s

Lombardi to receive award for helping children at St. Mary’s

NORTH PROVIDENCE – All someone has to do is visit St. Mary’s Home for Children on Fruit Hill Avenue one time to be deeply impacted forever, says Mayor Charles Lombardi.

“You open up your heart and you realize how lucky you are,” he said of the nonprofit he and his wife hold so dear to their hearts.

St. Mary’s was the first organization he and Carol began contributing proceeds from their annual Christmas gala to years ago, he said, and they’ve consistently given $5,000-$6,000 from that event each year.

St. Mary’s Home for Children will honor Carol and Charles Lombardi for their longtime dedication to helping Rhode Island children achieve better lives. They will receive the Children’s Friendship Award, an annual award being given this year during a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. June 3. The event can be watched on St. Mary’s website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel, and will feature stories of impact from clients, staff, partners, donors, and more.

“Mayor and Mrs. Lombardi are dedicated to the health and well-being of children,” said Marisa Albanese, St. Mary’s Home for Children’s board president. “We honor them for their unwavering commitment to St. Mary’s and for ensuring vulnerable youth receive the services they need.”

The Mayor Lombardi Holiday Charitable Fund has raised more than $200,000, distributed to organizations such as St. Mary’s, Tri County Community Action, Wreaths Across America, Fogarty Center, and Friends Way.

At St. Mary’s, the annual funds have supported actions such as helping children overcome the death of a loved one, providing residential and outpatient mental health services to children, and supporting children with disabilities.

“We are extremely honored to receive this Children’s Friendship Award. We care about the children in our neighborhoods and want to do whatever we can to see them happy and healthy,” said Mayor Lombardi. “We share this award with the hundreds of people who have donated to the Mayor Lombardi Charitable Fund over the years.”

He said the couple is marking the honor by asking others to contribute to the cause at St. Mary’s, which helps young people who have experienced trauma.

Since 2017, Lombardi has also been a member of the Board of Directors for St. Mary’s.

“Mayor and Mrs. Lombardi have played a significant role in the success of St. Mary’s work,” said Carlene Casciano-McCann, St. Mary’s executive director. “We very much appreciate their commitment, enthusiasm, and ongoing support.”

Based out of North Providence, but serving all of Rhode Island, St. Mary’s Home for Children is a nonprofit mental health organization, operating residential services for children, outpatient and community services for children and adults through its Shepherd Program, and a special education school called The George N. Hunt Campus School.