Family Service of Rhode Island is outreaching to the community with an “Adopt-A-Girl-in-a-Shelter campaign.

“We have thirty girls temporarily living in Family Service of Rhode Island homes in East Providence, Smithfield and North Smithfield.  We are asking the community to partner with us to make Christmas morning extra special this year,” said Maggie Slane, who heads fundraising for the non-profit, in a press release today.

She noted that the girls, who are from various communities, have histories of abuse and other issues making it unsafe to be with their families.  “Some of these girls, as part of their healing, will eventually move to foster and adoptive homes.  This Christmas, however, they will be in one of our shelters.”

The agency is trying to raise at least $200 per girl over the next 10 days.  To make a donation, text “FSRIGiving” to 44321, visit familyserviceri.org/safeshelter or call Maggie at 401-331-1350 ext 3840.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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