Thrive featured in Providence Business News

Thrive featured in Providence Business News

Published 09/08/2021

Thrive Behavioral Health donates backpacks, money to students returning to school

WARWICK – Just before Rhode Island students began heading back to the
classroom, Thrive Behavioral Health distributed nearly 100 backpacks and
hundreds of dollars in donations to members of its Youth and Family, Eleanor
Briggs School and Hillsgrove Clubhouse programs.

“Every fall, we provide our clients who are returning to school with new school
supplies by collecting donations from our employees, but this year we reached
out to our local community for support, as well, and were amazed with the
response we received,” said Barbara Lamoureux, Thrive’s vice president of youth
and family services. “A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated to our Back-
To-School Supply Drive.”

Thrive gave 85 backpacks full of school supplies to elementary, middle and high
school students in its youth and family program, and 10 backpacks to adults who
are also returning to school and who participate in Thrive’s Hillsgrove Clubhouse

About $550 in gift cards was also distributed to families in the programs.

The supplies and money were given out during a drive-thru event on Aug. 27 at
Thrive’s Warwick headquarters.

Backpacks and school supplies will also be donated during the school year to
students in the Eleanor Briggs School, which is Thrive’s kindergarten through
12th grade special education school, and to new families who join Thrive.

Donations were given by Thrive’s staff, as well as Greenwood Credit Union,
Capital Wealth Management and Ocean State Job Lot, which donated about 200
backpacks to the effort.

THRIVE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH members, from left, Maria Schmidt, licensed mental health clinician; Hanna Reid and Alexandra Fratus, both clinical interns; and Dr. Scott Mitchell distribute backpacks at the organization’s back-to-school event on Aug. 27. / COURTESY THRIVE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN contributing writer.