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Tri-Town Community Action Agency Head Start is now recruiting!

Head Start is a free program for children from families who meet federal income guidelines – a family of three with annual income of $20,160 would qualify, for example – or other qualifications.

Tri-Town runs Head Start centers at its main office, 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston; 79 Waterman Ave. and 2204 Mineral Spring Ave. in North Providence; and 185 Main St. in Burrillville. All centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and rated by the Bright Stars Quality Rating and Improvement System.

To start the application process, contact Tri-Town Community Action Head Start at (401) 519-1979 or Barbara Chadwick at bchadwick@tri-town.org


Need a Job? Call Us!

Tri-Town Community Action Agency seeks to help applicants get work – and help business owners hire qualified candidates – through its job readiness programs.

Under the supervision of Tri-Town staff, participants complete a 20-hour orientation program, which includes lessons on improving “soft skills,” like work ethic and problem solving; enhancing work readiness; understanding financial literacy; preparing for job interviews; and completing CPR, First Aid, and AED training.

For employers, Tri-Town funds up to 150 hours of paid experience, which can last up to six weeks, depending on the applicant’s schedule.

For more information on Tri-Town’s job readiness and placement programs, call (401) 330-7748, or click here.


Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the Tri-Town Resource Guide.

Tri-Town Health Centers Featured on Latino Public Radio


Tri-Town Community Action Agency Health Centers were featured in a segment on WRNI 1290-AM Latino Public Radio, on April 27.

“We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our Health Center on this statewide platform and reach LPR’s listeners in the Rhode Island area,” explained Tri-Town President and CEO Joseph DeSantis. “It’s a great chance to reach Spanish-speaking and bilingual Rhode Islanders and explain what our Health Centers can offer.”

According to statistics from the Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA] Uniform Data System, nearly one-third of Tri-Town’s patients in 2014 identified as Hispanic/Latino, DeSantis added.

LPR host Dr. Pablo Rodriguez interviewed Tri-Town Medical Director Dr. Matt Malek, who spoke in Spanish about his background in family medicine, the healthcare system at Tri-Town, and advice for staying informed about the Zika virus.

“Matt is an excellent ambassador for Tri-Town Health Centers and the integrated care that we provide to patients every day,” said DeSantis. “He’s really the embodiment of how we approach our mission of helping people and changing lives here at Tri-Town, and his fluency in Spanish allows him to communicate effectively with a wider range of patients.”

Dr. Malek’s feature on LPR was organized by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island in a collaborative effort to keep residents informed of trending topics in healthcare.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Tri-Town in reaching out to Latino Public Radio’s listeners and discussing what we can offer Rhode Island families in terms of high-quality healthcare and other needs they may have,” explained Malek. “Dr. Rodriguez is a highly respected voice in the Latino community, and I appreciate his support of the Tri-Town Health Center mission.”

Tri-Town Community Action Agency operates Health Centers at 1126 Hartford Ave., Johnston, and 33 Maple Ave., North Providence. For more information or to set an appointment, call (401) 519-1940.


Tri-Town Seeking Traffic Signal for Crosswalk

With the volume and speed of cars increasing in front of Tri-Town Community Action Agency, President and CEO Joseph DeSantis has appealed to state officials for help.

“Although we have a crosswalk on Hartford Avenue in front of our building, it is clear that this is not enough to ensure the safety of our Health Center patients, clients, and employees,” explained DeSantis, who testified before the state Traffic Commission on Feb. 10 and asked for a traffic signal or other traffic control device to be installed. “Our main concern continues to be the safety of those crossing, and that means getting cars to slow down as they approach the area. There is currently a huge potential for injury – or worse – to those parking in the lot across the street.”

The Traffic Commission voted unanimously to study the request, and following its meeting, Rhode Island Department of Transportation staffers surveyed the area for sight lines and traffic flow, DeSantis said.

“We are very pleased at the quick response to our request,and are hopeful that the Traffic Commission and RIDOT will reach a decision promptly about what else can be done to reduce the potential for accidents,” he explained.

On Dec. 9, 2015, three Tri-Town staffers barely avoided injury when two cars collided at the crosswalk near dusk while the employees were waiting to cross the street. Johnston Police reported that one driver failed to yield for the crosswalk, resulting in his vehicle striking the car in front of his, which had slowed down appropriately.

“The crosswalk by itself is no longer adequate for the traffic that passes our building every day, and, more importantly, for our patients and employees who are crossing the street. I think that incident in December proves it,” DeSantis said.

Tri-Town purchased its current facility in 1997, and in 2014, the agency bought the lot across Hartford Avenue to provide parking for patients,clients, and employees. RIDOT completed a restriping of the area in 2010, and installed signs on either side of Hartford Avenue to alert drivers to the crosswalk.

Celebrate Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, and Tri-Town Community Action will be recognizing our staff, volunteers, clients, and history.

No matter the way it's delivered, community action is about helping people and changing lives. Join us during May as we celebrate the impact that community action has on local families.

Our Mission

To provide accessible, quality, and comprehensive social, educational, prevention, and other services to people in need, while empowering them to achieve the highest possible level of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

View the complete list of services and programs, plus contact information, in the Tri-Town Resource Guide.

Tri-Town Community Action Agency  ·  1126 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919  ·  P: 401-351-2750  ·  F: 401-351-6611
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