History of AIDS Project Rhode Island
AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI) is dedicated to providing a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and collaborative response to the needs of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Originally founded more than 30 years ago, APRI achieves this mission through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services, and advocacy. In 2008, APRI expanded its array of services by merging with Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI).
Today, APRI, as a division of FSRI, continues its tradition of excellence while energetically developing new programs and approaches to meet today’s challenges.
About Family Service of Rhode Island
Family Service of Rhode Island is a nonprofit organization providing a wide array of human and educational services to primarily low-income children, adults and families in every Rhode Island community. Some facts about Family Service of RI:
- It was founded in 1892, making it one of the oldest nonprofits in Rhode Island.
- It has about 250 employees and a $19 million annual budget.
- Its mission: To improve the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve through high-impact partnerships and high-quality, innovative programs.
- It’s accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international accrediting organization.
- It’s governed by a volunteer board of directors.
FSRI 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.