R 333
2015 -- H 6258
Enacted 05/27/2015

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Abney, Carson, Ajello, and Ruggiero
Date Introduced: May 27, 2015

     WHEREAS, In 2015, the East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is celebrating
its 50th Anniversary of providing a wide array of critical health and human services to the
residents of Rhode Island's East Bay including the Cities of Newport and East Providence and the
Towns of Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Barrington, Bristol and Warren;
     WHEREAS, The noble mission of the Community Action Program is to provide high
quality, comprehensive and accessible health and human services to assist people to reach their
highest potential, and dates back to the mid-1960s when President Lyndon B. Johnson initiated
our nation's War on Poverty as well as numerous additional and successful programs of the Great
Society; and
     WHEREAS, In 2004, New Visions for Newport County, Inc. (which served Newport
County) and Self Help, Inc. (which served Bristol County and East Providence) merged, resulting
in the East Bay Community Action Program which reaches a far greater geographic region and
provides a vastly broadened scope of services; and
     WHEREAS, Currently, the agency serves approximately 22,000 residents annually, from
very young children in the Head Start Program to the senior citizens who are assisted with case
management services, and through volunteer and service opportunities, as well as nutrition
programs; and
     WHEREAS, The agency is committed to serving the individual client and their entire
family so that they may receive coordinated medical, dental, after-school care and social services
using a one-stop shopping approach; and
     WHEREAS, The more than 300 diverse and highly dedicated administrators and staff
personnel at EBCAP range from health professionals and family advocates to nutritionists, child
care professionals, youth workers and many more, and are united in the belief that "any door is
the right door to receive the help that is needed"; and
     WHEREAS, EBCAP's hard working and committed Board of Directors is representative
of the community's private and public sectors and agency consumers, and of the cities and towns
of the entire East Bay region; and
     WHEREAS, The agency's ability to successfully offer a seamless array of services to its
patients and clients is predicated on the united assistance from EBCAP's many state, local and
federal partnerships including government, school departments, institutions of higher education,
community-based agencies and funders to name a few; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby joins the Board of Directors, administrators and staff in
commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the East Bay Community Action Program and
celebrating its 12th Annual Seaside Gala on June 3, 2015; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Susan Schenck, East Bay Community Action