History of The Project
AIDS Project RI was founded approximately 30 years ago as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate, non-judgmental and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected and at-risk of HIV/AIDS.
Over the years, The Project accomplished this mission through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services and advocacy.
In 2008, The Project expanded its array of services by merging with another AIDS Service Organization (ASO), Family Service of RI. The unification of two major ASOs created a broader system of care accessible through one entry point.
Today, The Project, as a division of Family Service of RI, continues its tradition of excellence while energetically developing new programs and approaches to meet today’s challenges.
About Family Service of RI
Family Service of RI is a non-profit organization providing a wide array of human and educational services to primarily low-income children, adults and families in every Rhode Island community, and in Massachusetts and Connecticut along the Rhode Island border. Some facts about Family Service of RI:
- It was founded in 1892, making it one of the oldest non-profits in Rhode Island.
- It has about 350 employees and a $19 million annual budget.
- Its mission: To respond creatively to the unmet needs of individuals, families and the community by building partnerships that help people help themselves.
- It’s accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international accrediting organization.
- It’s governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Family Service of RI serves approximately 9,000 children and adults annually, with about half belonging to minority communities. Staff speak a range of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, Laotian and Thai. Other Family Service of RI facts:
- The agency has adopted policies and procedures reflecting the federal Office of Minority Health’s Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care standards.
- The agency meets the standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Care Act (HITECH), and has adopted policies and procedures reflecting the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.