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PROVIDENCE, RI, [September 27, 2016]— Crossroads Rhode Island, the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island, has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on Nov. 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Its purpose is to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to charities and causes they support.
This year, Crossroads Rhode Island is encouraging all Rhode Islanders to help those less fortunate in the state by joining the Crossroads Rhode Island #GivingTuesday Challenge (#GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge).
The organization is asking individuals to donate the price of a single meal (valued at $15), or in-kind donations to Crossroads Rhode Island. The group is also asking the Rhode Island business community to match employee donations and encourage their employees to hold individual fundraising events such as potluck benefits in the workplace to raise money. The goal of the campaign has been set at $189,400, to commemorate the founding of Crossroads Rhode Island in 1894.
“Since 1894, Crossroads Rhode Island has been serving some of the most vulnerable people in our state. We are enlisting all Rhode Island residents to help our homeless neighbors lift themselves up,” said Karen Santilli, president.
92Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back—conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together more than 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 million online in the U.S. alone.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”
Those interested in joining Crossroads Rhode Island’s #GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge initiative can visit www.crossroadsri.org/givingtuesday.
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the website, Facebook page or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
With the opening of 5 new units at the Harold Lewis House and the release of the Aging and Homelessness Report, Crossroads Rhode Island has recently been featured in various news media outlets.
Providence Journal - "Crossroads Rhode Island: Homelessness among people 50 and over has increased sharply "
Providence Business News - "Crossroads sees homelessness rise among older Rhode Islanders"
RINPR - "A Growing Number of RI’s Homeless Population Is Elderly"
WPRI - "As Non-Profit opens new wing, more elders becoming homeless"
This year, Crossroads Rhode Island was an official participant in the #GivingTuesday movement!
Karen Santilli and Chef Dave Rocheleau promoted the #GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge on The Rhode Show
As part of our campaign, we encouraged all Rhode Island residents to join our #GivingTuesday Challenge (#GivingTuesdayCRIChallenge) to raise funds to help our homeless neighbors lift themselves up. We asked individuals to donate the price of a single meal (valued at $15), or in-kind donations.
"This is a way to give back. With a small donation, even just $15 that could equate to the cost of a meal in a restaurant, those donations will go a long way in providing the many services that our families need," said Karen Santilli, Crossroads President.
On Giving Tuesday, November 29th, Crossroads partnered with the Arcade Providence for a pop-up event! For three hours, Crossroads' Chef Dave Rocheleau prepared Potato and Vegetable Hash and handed out samples and recipe cards to passers-by in the Arcade.
Chef Dave prepared a simple meal at the Arcade!
"We serve over 100 people per day through our Meal Program at Crossroads," said Chef Dave. "We're always trying to do is use our leftovers intelligently. we always plan a leftover day where we can take all these things and make something new from it."
By sharing this meal and tips on food waste reduction with the community, we kicked off the holiday season with the spirit of giving!
Providence, RI, April 17, 2015 – Crossroads Rhode Island Board of Directors’ chair, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. today announced that the Board has named Karen A. Santilli as President and CEO of the state’s largest provider of services to the homeless. Ms. Santilli will succeed Anne Nolan, who will retire after 14 years of service. Ms.Santilli, 48, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, and a member of the Senior Management Team of Crossroads Rhode Island joined Crossroads in 2008 and brings more than 25 years of non-profit experience to her new role starting June 1, 2015.
Ms. Santilli has recently led the organization through a strategic planning process that confirmed organizational values and redefined the mission, establishing and implementing a housing first model geared toward housing people and ending homelessness. In addition, Ms. Santilli has led the Marketing & Development Team to raise $2.8 million annually through a multi-media mix including direct mail, special events, grants, web-based marketing, major donor development, Planned Giving and community outreach. Under her leadership, Ms. Santilli has doubled the active donor base over a 5 year period.
“As President of Crossroads my first priority will be to continue to build on the strong foundation that Anne Nolan has built as well as ensuring that the organization’s values continue to be the driving force behind everything we do,” said Santilli. “I’ve had the opportunity to spend the past eight years actively engaging with Crossroad’s Board, management team, front-line employees and clients,” said Santilli. “I am honored to have the opportunity to now lead the Crossroads team as we move forward to ending homelessness.”
Prior to joining Crossroads, Ms. Santilli was the Marketing Director at Plan USA (formerly Foster Parents Plan) where she provided leadership and direction to the organization’s operations, participated in strategic business planning and ensured sound financial planning, as well as implementation of new systems and procedures. In addition, she managed all aspects of sponsor and donor acquisition and development, and coordinated with international field staff to identify appropriate overseas development projects.
“After a nationwide search, and with a very strong pool of finalists, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically elected Karen Santilli,” said Judge McConnell, Crossroads Board Chairman. “Karen is an accomplished and outstanding leader, and a dedicated social service advocate who has successfully led the organization through a profound and multi-layer organizational change. She has been a key part of our success, and the Board believes that Karen has the vision and leadership to guide our organization as we continue to put housing first and end homelessness in Rhode Island,” said Judge McConnell.
“On behalf of the Board I sincerely thank Anne for her valuable contributions and outstanding service throughout her career at Crossroads. We will be indebted for her passionate leadership, dedication and service to thousands of homeless individuals and families, and for being the embodiment of Crossroads values – Safety, Respect and Effectiveness”, said Judge McConnell.
“I’m proud of the work that Karen has done, particularly during a difficult economy, and I’m optimistic that Karen will build on the Crossroads foundation to succeed in the future,” Anne Nolan said. “Karen has been a great addition to our organization and her marketing and business savvy, and strong leadership skills make her an excellent choice to lead Crossroads going forward. It’s been an honor to have led such a dedicated staff for more than 14 years. It’s tough to say goodbye to the Crossroads family and clients, but I am truly confident as I pass the reins over to Karen, that she will continue to move our agency and our mission forward.”
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