In addition to investing in services and programs across the communities we serve, we believe it’s important to recognize the value of helping to strengthen Rhode Island and Connecticut's nonprofit community.
We can be more successful in addressing important social issues if the community organizations we support are stable, and can have the ability to focus on how to enhance their organizational effectiveness. That is why we have also made a commitment to fund capacity building grants that are focused on addressing fundamental organizational needs and improvements.
Workforce Development Profile: Northeast Placement Services
Northeast Placement Services (NEPS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 with a mission to provide integrated placement opportunities and services for adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 21 to 70+, so that they may be successful members of the community. Services and Programs offered range from independent supported employment and residential supports to community-based excursions and educational and creative arts experiences.
In 2020, NEPS launched a capital campaign to erect a barn, “The People’s Barn”, that would serve as an education/training center for individuals to expand their knowledge and skill-base in janitorial and landscaping services. The facility will provide the space to learn about the various pieces of equipment, their purpose, and how to operate, maintain and repair them. Participants will be taught how to make a basic business plan, work schedule and how to execute it, with the goal of making all individuals NEPS serves feel confident and reach their potential.
Putnam Bank was the first bank to donate to the Barn raising, and after the acquisition by Centreville Bank, the final donation was made by the Charitable Foundation to complete the project. The Barn was dedicated in July of 2021. The Foundation has made it one of its priorities to support organizations with capacity building grants so they can focus and direct resources to support and expand operational effectiveness. “We believe it is now more important than ever to support community-based organizations by investing in operating support to help provide the stability they will need during these uncertain times.” - Centreville Bank President and CEO, Hal Horvat
We are proud to be able to support Northeast Placement services and their mission to provide those receiving services with individualized support, tailored to what they need to achieve their goals and attain the highest level of independence.