Residents In Profile

 Genesis

Genesis

Published 11/01/2017

Genesis first came to CAPP through the Youth Success program. She had
a young child and was expecting a second, while remaining committed
to completing her high school education. Through the program she has
accomplished her goal and received her High School Diploma. Genesis has
developed a close bond with the residents and staff at the Elmwood Community
Center, volunteering her time to give back to her community. After giving birth
to her second child her refrigerator broke down and she did not have anywhere
to store her food or milk for her young child. CAPP provided a new refrigerator
through the Appliance Management Program and additionally the light bulbs
in the home were also changed for new energy efficient bulbs which helped
decrease her energy costs. “The CAPP experience for me has been extremely
good, I have achieved many of my goals completing school with supportive
guidance and have been able to be more a part of this community given the
opportunities to volunteer and also help out in the community,” says Genesis.

Renaissance Church

Renaissance Church

Published 06/19/2017

Renaissance Church has been a partner with CAPP for many events over the years beginning in 2012. The relationship began when Elmwood Community Center Manager Lihna Agostini and Pastor Scott Axtmann met and began talking about how their organizations could work together to benefit the community.

April 2017 Profile in Partnership - Hilda Viera

April 2017 Profile in Partnership - Hilda Viera

Published 04/06/2017

Hilda Viera is a North End Providence resident who received services from CAPP’s LIHEAP and Weatherization Program. She was referred to CAPP through United Way RI 211 when she desperately called for assistance. In December her boiler broke and she did not have the financial resources to buy a new one or to pay her bills, and the family was without heat during freezing weather.

She expressed feelings of hopelessness and concerns about her family’s wellbeing to Enid Martin, CAPP’s General Case Manager. Her apartment was very cold despite the electric heaters placed in the kitchen. This meant a real financial hardship for her and her family due to their monthly income. Ms. Viera said “I have always provided my family, now I can’t, my health don’t allow me to. I started working when I was 13 years old… I’m a proud person, I have never asked for any help and I never thought they would help me.” Ms. Viera began her career as a CNA, after she obtained an associate’s degree in Medical Administration and has since been prevented from working by illness.

In the course of the assessment, Ms. Viera shared that her daughter needs to better her parenting skills to raise her two children. Ms. Viera wants to see her daughter become more independent in that regard. The General Case Manager was able to refer her daughter for parenting classes and obtain the parenting skills she needs.


Overall, the family’s economic security has been improved by receiving a grant from LIHEAP and Weatherization services. “There was a blessing, I feel blessed with CAPP’s help, I’m very grateful,” said Ms. Viera.

March 2017 Profile in Partnership - Rivas Family

March 2017 Profile in Partnership - Rivas Family

Published 03/17/2017

The Rivas family first came to CAPP for assistance with their heating bill. Raul and Iris along with their grandchild live on a fixed income, and the high cost of heating in the winter was difficult to manage. In addition to a home energy assistance grant through LIHEAP, several services were identified to increase the health and safety of the home as well as reduce energy costs.

October 2016 Resident in Profile

October 2016 Resident in Profile

Published 10/07/2016

Yox Tejada came to register with CAPP’s Food Pantry to help feed his family during a financial setback after a loss of a job. The staff at CAPP were able to immediately address the family’s food insecurity.

May 2016 Resident Update Story

May 2016 Resident Update Story

Published 05/13/2016

“A lot of people don’t talk about it,” says Cesarina Zabala, referring to the autoimmune disease Lupus.