March 1, 2023
Welcoming a new CEO
In his first few weeks on the job, new EBCAP President and CEO, Rilwan K. Feyisitan Jr., has been visiting EBCAP locations throughout East Providence, Bristol County, and Newport County. During these “meet and greets,” Rilwan has been getting to know staff, touring the facilities, and even reading to a Head Start class! One of his top priorities is to meet with employees to get to know them and learn all he can about the organization. Please join us all in welcoming Rilwan to EBCAP!
Our Head Start students were mesmerized as Rilwan read them a book.
Rilwan is greeted by staff at the agency's East Providence headquarters on his first day of work - January 17, 2023.
Staff at the Newport Health Center welcomed Rilwan with a tour of the facility and a wonderful
Announcing EBCAP staff appointments
East Bay Community Action Program is pleased to announce that Robert Crossley of Johnston, RI has been appointed to the position of Chief Health Administrator/Vice President; Amy Lagasse, MSW, LICSW, QMHP, of Providence, RI has been promoted to Vice President of Behavioral Health; and Laura Voller, BSN, RN, of Lincoln, RI has been promoted to Vice President of Nursing.

Newport Mayor, Xay Khamsyvoravong, shares a laugh with EBCAP staff members Theresa Hull (left) and Maggie Laurianno.
Members of EBCAP's Health Center staff (from left): Brenda Hampton, Carmen Maldonado, Mernaysa Medina, and Dylan Berridge
EBCAP hosts job fair/ community resources event
EBCAP held its first ever combined agency services and job fair event at the CCRI Newport campus on January 26, 2023. During this event, community members were invited to come learn more about open job positions or how to access services, or both. Many thanks to our friends at CCRI for hosting this event!

We were delighted to welcome new Mayor Xaykham “Xay” Khamsyvoravong of Newport who dropped in to show support and learn more about EBCAP services.

The event was a great success, as EBCAP staff met with many potential job candidates and community members who needed assistance in accessing our services. We look forward to holding similar events in the future.

To learn more about EBCAP’s careers and services, visit
Quinten Foster, Director of Transgender Whole Healthcare 
Head Start employees Megan Nemeth (left) and Lifen Zhong
Health Equity Zone staff (from left): Elsa Schloemer, Lyndsey Ferreira, and Kassandra Paquette
Dental Center staff (from left): Sandra Lozada, Amanda Nolasco, Theresa Hull
Programs honored by Rhode Island Community Action Association
Two EBCAP programs were presented the Community Action Outstanding Service Award at the Annual Breakfast event held in January in Providence.
EBCAP Head Start received the Outstanding Service Award, for achieving the Program of Excellence designation by the National Head Start Association (one of just 13 programs nationwide to achieve this).

The award was accepted by Lifen Zhong (left), Director of Early Childhood Service Management Systems and Donna Ramos Razza, Senior Director of Family Development.

The East Providence Early Childhood Partnership, was recognized for a collaboration among EBCAP’s Early Childhood Programs, our East Providence Health Equity Zone, the East Providence School Department, and the RI Philharmonic and Orchestra School, for “Family Music Time with the Phil.” This free, multi-week program combines music education for infants, toddlers, and pre-k students with the evidence-based Parents as Teachers curriculum for parents. The award was accepted by Donna Ramos Razza (left), Senior Director of Family Development, Naomi Zeltzer (center), Family Navigator for the East Providence Health Equity Zone, and Alyssa Gleason, Director of the East Providence Health Equity Zone.
EBCAP leaders travel to Florida for national conference
In January, EBCAP Board Chairperson, Jim Vincent and EBCAP President and Chief Executive Officer, Rilwan K. Feyisitan, Jr., travelled to Florida to participate in the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC ) Conference. The theme for this year's conference was “The Next Fifty Years, Reigniting the Power of Health Centers.”
Services spotlight
We're pleased to highlight these three programs which are part of EBCAP's wide array of health and human services. For a complete listing of all agency services please visit our website.
The Volunteer Tax Assistance program (VITA) at EBCAP provides free tax preparation assistance from IRS trained volunteers to East Bay residents who make less than $60,000 per year. Tax preparation sites are located in Bristol and East Providence. Appointments are required and can be made by calling EBCAP's Office of Volunteer Services at 401-435-7876, ext. 1137. Appointments are being scheduled until April 14, 2023. To learn more visit our VITA webpage.
If you or someone you know needs help paying for home heating or drinking water and wastewater services, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and/or the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) may be able to assist. For more information and income eligibility go to our LIHEAP webpage or our LIHWAP webpage.
Weatherization Assistance
The Weatherization Assistance Program reduces energy costs for LIHEAP eligible households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring the residents' health and safety. To learn more visit our Weatherization Assistance webpage.
Upcoming Events
401 Gives - the weekend edition

We at EBCAP are pleased to participate for the fourth consecutive year in 401Gives, "the online fundraising campaign designed to bring a collective voice to the nonprofit community and deepen the state’s culture of giving." This campaign is powered by United Way of Rhode Island and it supports non-profit organizations across the state. Please mark your calendar for the weekend of March 31-April 3, and join the movement by supporting your favorite charities.

Donations made to EBCAP will once again support the Backpack Feeding Program which provides food for kids on weekends at Pell Elementary School and in Middletown Public Schools. The program is operated by EBCAP's Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone at Pell Elementary School in Newport. More to come on this important cause.
18th Annual Seaside Gala - save the date!
Please mark your calendar and join us Thursday, June 15, 2023 at the Atlantic Resort Newport for the 18th Annual Seaside Gala, a Starry Soiree. The event will include a seated dinner, live music and dancing, an awards presentation, a silent/online auction and more! Please save the date and watch for details, coming soon. Hope to see you there!