St. Mary’s Home receives Champlin grant for upgrades

St. Mary’s Home receives Champlin grant for upgrades

NORTH PROVIDENCE – St. Mary’s Home for Children on Fruit Hill Avenue has received a grant of $24,500 to repair its play therapy room and nursing offices.

St. Mary’s Executive Director Carlene Casciano-McCann said the staff was grateful to receive the funding to make badly needed repairs to the facility’s outpatient therapy room and nursing offices.

“Our play therapy room, which is a safe space for healing for the children we serve, has been inoperable due to water damage. Our nursing offices, though still operable, are not fully functional,” she said.

With the addition of six nurses to the staff due to enhanced residential programming, this grant could not have come at a better time, said Casciano-McCann.

“The Champlin Foundation has been a godsend to St. Mary’s for many years, providing funding, not only to make repairs, but also to improve efficiencies throughout our campus,” she said.

The staff has been able to address the past periodic leakage, but the resulting indoor damage still needs to be fixed, she said.

The North Providence Breeze reported in 2015 how a $174,213 Champlin grant was used to replace the original slate roof built in 1927.

The old roof had been leaking for years, causing extensive damage inside and leaks so bad that it led to deep decay in much of the original interior woodwork, said staff at the time.

The 140-year-old St. Mary’s Home for Children is a secular, nonprofit agency offering treatment programs for children traumatized by abuse or experiencing psychiatric disorders. Children are treated and cared for in the residential, educational and outpatient programs.

The award was one of 198 grants totaling $18 million approved by the foundation this year. The foundation focuses grant making each year on a diverse range of organizations that focus on community health, youth services and education, social services, historic preservation, conservation, arts and culture, and animal welfare, states a release.

In addition, the organization is one of the state’s most significant supporters of the state’s libraries.

“We are proud to support community-based and frontline nonprofit organizations across Rhode Island. Our state is stronger because of its tight-knit, determined, and passionate community of charities and service providers. This year is particularly exciting because we’re able to award grants to 31 first-time recipients,” said Nina Stack, executive director of the foundation. The foundation awarded nearly $3.5 million to support community-oriented health organizations including Wood River Health Services’ new Westerly satellite office, and $3 million in grants to youth service organizations, supporting every YMCA, six Boys & Girls Clubs, and the state’s Boy Scouts and Girl Scout organizations.

Beginning next year, the foundation will move to an online application process for its 2020 grant cycle. The application period will open on March 1 and close April 30 and information will be available at in early January.