Peace Press | June 2016
Peace Press 
June 2016
Here's what you will find in this issue:
  • Invest in Peace Recap
  • Nonviolence Graduation
  • Victims Compensation Bill
  • Staff Development
Thank You for Joining us at Invest in Peace!
Left to right: Elisiel Morales (ISPN), Will Farrell, Jordan Seaberry (ISPN), Le Wo, Kunal Vasudev, Moises Mercedes, and Aiyah Faeduwor.
 The Results are IN! 
  • We raised $89,929!
  • In one of our largest turn-outs to date, we had over 350 guests join us to celebrate Invest in Peace on May 20th. 
  • We had 9 Tasting Tables with a variety of delicious food from local restaurants.
  • 2 celebrity bartenders in our first-ever "Pours for Peace" Bartending Competition. Mike Lester from the Dorrance won by a margin of 9 votes with his cocktail creation, "The Namaste." 
  • We had over 50 auction items, and sold over 90 bottles of our Wine Grab!*
*If you were unable to attend, but would still like to support the Institute, we are still selling our Wine Grab! Purchase a bottle of wine and a surprise gift card valued at $25-$50 for ONLY $25
! AND, we'll even deliver it right to you!

Contact Kalene Brennan at to arrange delivery.

A big "Thank You" to all of our generous Sponsors!
C ity Sponsors : Amica Insurance and Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation
Block Sponsors: Bank of America, Barbara Sokoloff Associates, IGT, Motley Rice, LLC and In Honor of Gabriel and Hanako Awan
Street Sponsors: Core Fitness Studios, Cox Communications, DWVB Architects, Delta Dental, LGC&D, MetLife Insurance, The Pawtucket Police Department and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed. 
Nonviolence Graduation at Moses Brown

On May 25, 2016 fifth graders from Moses Brown School graduated from the Nonviolence Training course taught by Sal Montiero, Director of Training at the Institute. Sal taught 38 students twice a week for a month focusing on the topic, "What causes violence?" The students moved through the sessions with team building exercises, nonviolence activities, interviews with parents, and they identified types and levels of conflict. This marks the fourth year of our partnership with Moses Brown School. Congratulations to the Nonviolence Class of 2016!
Sal Montiero (far right) conducts a Nonviolence exercise with some of the student's parents prior to giving the class their nonviolence graduation certificates. 
 Community Involvement
Victim Services Present at Victims Compensation Bill Signing
The Victim Support Center proudly supported two important expansions for the Victim Compensation Fund- a huge resource for individuals that have been victims of violence, and families that have lost a loved one to homicide.  Victim Support Staff was present as Governor Gina Raimondo signed the bills into law on May 17, 2016.
Governor Gina Raimondo signs the Victims Compensation bills into law.
Staff Development Series

The Institute is embarking on a Staff Development series to provide increased health and wellness services to our staff. We recognized a need for staff to receive wellness guidance and training to better equip them to engage in good self-care in order to continue our critical work in the community. Dr. Fran Pingitori and Donna Brotto Silva from Hasbro Children's Hospital came to the Institute to discuss the many aspects of trauma: how to identify signs, coping mechanisms, and the importance of trauma debriefing. We forged a partnership with Dr. Pingitori and Donna to provide on-going training to our staff. We look forward to working with them!
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