09-R114

2009 -- S 0797

Enacted 03/19/09

 

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING MARCH 19TH AS "OCEAN TIDES DAY" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Senator James C. Sheehan

     Date Introduced: March 19, 2009

 

     

 

 

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides is an educational and residential program founded in 1975 to

meet the individual needs of at-risk boys in the state of Rhode Island, and has served more than

1,750 young men; and

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides believes each individual who comes to their program is worthy

of respect, needful care, and capable of success through everyday experiences and interactions in

a highly structured program; and

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides has been a cost-effective program flexible enough to meet the

coordinated treatment needs of each young man and his family. The components of the program

Group Living, Education, Extensions, and Social Services are designed to implement a

treatment plan for each young man and his family in such a way that the needs of the total person

may be addressed in a personal, well-programmed and pragmatic fashion; and

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides provides a blend of direction, correction, negation and

affirmation so that each young man may re-enter his community at peace, and in stages that

provide the necessary support while developing self-sufficiency; and

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and

Colleges, and in each of the past five years, on average, more than 15 boys have earned their high

school diploma from Ocean Tides. Without the benefit of this program they would not be high

school graduates; and

     WHEREAS, Ocean Tides has an outstanding success rate. Eighty percent of Ocean

Tides' students who complete the program do not get in trouble again; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

hereby applauds the efforts, and supports the goals of Ocean Tides Day, an event sponsored by

Ocean Tides and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. We furthermore congratulate the combined

efforts of the Ocean Tides Board of Trustees, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, the

administrators, teachers, social service counselors, youth care workers, office staff, support staff,

and many friends and benefactors for their ongoing efforts to help the young men and their

families served by Ocean Tides to increase their prospects for long-term happiness and

fulfillment; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Brother Brendan Gerrity, FSC, President and

Executive Director, Ocean Tides, and Jane Genereux, Principal, Ocean Tides, and Brother

Edmond Precourt, FSC, Superior, De La Salle Christian Brothers, LI-NE District.

     

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