New digs for new agency


Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island is on the move.  Not only has it merged with Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island to create a new agency, but the 88-year-old social services agency is moving to a new building, one that it owns outright.

“An extraordinarily generous gift from The Grace K. and Wesley S. Alpert Foundation allowed us to buy the three-story building at 1165 North Main St., in Providence,” said JFS CEO Erin Minior. “With their gift, which covers the purchase of the building and the buildout and future maintenance, we are able focus on fulfilling our mission rather than worrying about rent or mortgage expenses.”

Though staff members at the Jewish Community Services of Greater Rhode Island, the likely name of the merged organization, are eager to move into the 10,000+ square foot building, renovations and build-outs are essential to make the space compatible for our needs, added Minior. “We’re working with an architect, Tom Lonardo, to evaluate and identify the best use of the space.”

Although most of JFS’ programs occur in the community, rather than in the office, the new building will host JSA’s Kosher Food Pantry, as well as clients of JFS’ Adoption Options and its Counseling Center.”

Unlike JFS’ current leased office space, also on North Main Street in Providence, the new handicapped-accessible facility will have plenty of parking and is easily accessed from Route 95.

“Grace and Wesley Alpert have always been so committed to helping us help our clients, many of whom are Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents,” said Minior. “We miss them deeply, but we know that their legacy of sustained philanthropy will have a lasting impact on all who knew them and those who have been helped by their generosity.”

Once occupied, the agency will host a community celebration at The Grace K. and Wesley S. Alpert Building, which still has naming opportunities available.

Submitted by Jewish Family Service. Contact Erin Minior or Sara Goodwin at 401-331-1244 for information about naming opportunities.