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Community Care Alliance was established on July 1, 2014 through the merger of Family Resources Community Action and NRI Community Services. The two Woonsocket-based nonprofits united to create a comprehensive multi-service agency, one of only a few mergers in the nation of a community action agency, family service organization and community mental health center. The 'legacy' organizations, having been established in 1891 and 1966 respectively, give Community Care Alliance over 120 years of experience—a long history of working to strengthen families, individuals and the community.

We offer over 50 programs and services to 15,000 or more vulnerable people living in northern Rhode Island and the surrounding area.  The agency’s goal is to empower people experiencing economic insecurity, mental illness and addictions, housing issues, and other trauma-related concerns. Services include food, shelter and housing; counseling, treatment and support services; programs to assist with self-sufficiency such as employment, financial literacy and vocational training; services to enhance child & family well-being and support for self-help.

Community Care Alliance continuously seeks opportunities to better serve individuals and families through developing outcome-driven innovative programming and establishing collaborative partnerships with other organizations. The agency is an advocate for those we serve, a collaborator in the community to effect positive change, and a leader among mental health and social services organizations.

Niche Services

Acute Stabilization Unit: 24/7 on-site stabilization and counseling, and diversion services to reduce reliance on psychiatric hospitalizations and/or as a step down from hospitalization. A 13 bed program

Agape Center: Community-based HIV/AIDS support and resource center whose mission is to provide services, resources and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and to promote community awareness and prevention of the disease.

Alternative Schools: Fully licensed, accredited schools (Viola Berard School in Woonsocket and Sunrise School in Killingly, CT) that provide education through an integrated academic and therapeutic approach. Students must be referred by local education authority.

Assisted Living: Supervision of basic activities of daily living, healthcare coordination, medication administratio, recreational activities, and healthy foods. Individual service planning promotes independence. Ages 18 years and up.

Children's Early Intervention: Provides support ot children ages birth to three with developmental delays and their families by building relationships and empowering families through support, education, and linkages to services.

Disaster Response Team: Made up of state certified responders with various backgrounds, members deploy to community and/or statewide traumatic events or disasters to provide psychological first aid, death notifications, consultation and support.

Elder Services: Nursing home consultation for residents admitted to nursing facilities and who have psychiatric illness. (Must meet state and federal requirements for pre-admission screening and residetn review.)

Family Care Community Partnership: Brings community-based service providers, family members and friends together to coordinate services to address familis' priorities.

Family Court Diversion: Assessment, service planning and referrals for parents/guardians who are engaged in a Wayward petition, in order to divert them from Family Court.

Family Support Center: Provides resources, information & referrals to low income households addressing a range of basic needs including utilities, housing, food and other crisis concerns.

Financial Opportunity Center: One-stop shop for financial education & coachin, access to workforce development training, and referrals to income support programs to improve financial stability.

Intensive Outpatient Services: Proides a structured, holistic curriculum of knowledge, skills and support for persons with co-occurring substance abuse and metnal health disorders in a small group setting.

Kids Connect: Providing behavioral supports in Head Start and daycare settings in an effort to keep kids in a traditional classroom setting.

Northern RI Visitation Center: Serves families of children in the care of DCYF due to substance use or mental health concerns. Families are able to have supervised visits in a home-like setting while receiving support in their recovery.

Offender Re-Entry Program: Provides registerd nursing services for medical parolees and other medically complicated cases. Coordination pre-and post-release from the Adult Correctional Institution for successful transition from prison to community.

Partial Hospitalization Program: Trauma informed substance use prevention and recovery program that helps people recover from the negative consequences and life issues associated with substance use and addiction who need a higher level of care than that provided by Outpatient or Intensive Outpatient Services.

School-Based Professional Services: Provides consultations for professional development, clinical and behavioral support, critical incident trauma teams and satellite classrooms with a certified teacher and a behavioral healt specialist.

Supportive Housing: Services homeless individuals and families who have substance abuse and mental healt concerns. Also supportive housing program for individuals living with HIV/AIDS to promote self sufficiency; and housing for males, 18 and older who are disabled and chroncially homeless and willing to address issues of homelessness and work on case paln to self-sufficiency.

Treatment Foster Care: Works to engage children, biological families, foster parents, providers and natural supports to develop treatment plans in order to achieve permanency while ensuring each child's mental health, social, developmental, educational and medical needs are being met while in care and during transition.

Vocational Services: For Community Support Program clients: provides support and supervision to assist clients in acquiring and/or maintaining skills necessary to meet their individual vocational goals.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program: Provides free tax preparation for low-moderate income individuals provided throughout the year.

The Wellness & Recovery Center: Recovery and empowerment for clients within a setting that fosters peer support and personal growth. Close to 30 therapeutic groups. Updated computer lab, therapy dogs and an eatery called "Lucy's Place" on-site.

Woonsocket Shelter: Emergency shelter for single women, families and children providing case management support and linkages to other services in the agency and community.

Woonsocket YouthWorks411 Center: Drop-in center for youth ages 14-24 providing career exploration and job readiness, employment, academic skill building, college prep, leadership development and opportunities for community service.

Youth Success: Supportive servcies for pregnant and parenting teens (under age 20 that are living in Woonsocket. Provides case management, educational and vocational goal-setting and life skills workshops.

Key Phone Numbers

24-Hour Emergency Services 401.235.7120
Main Number 401.235.7000
Intake Line 401.235.7121
Family Support Center 401.766.0900

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Key Staff

Benedict F. Lessing, Jr., MSW

PO Box 1700
Woonsocket, RI  02895
Work  401 235-7223
Fax 401 769-1810
cell 401 524-1774

Vicky Ducharme, Executive Secretary