PROVIDENCE — Thomas Mathieu, 67, is down on his luck. He’s had 16 surgeries during the last 12 years and is unable to work due to a heart condition, as well as a bone deficiency that causes severe issues with his back, knee and neck. He also suffers from emphysema, one of multiple diseases known collectively as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Read more.
The ceremonial check was presented at the North Providence home of Maria Centeio, a recent recipient of emergency heating assistance thanks to the Keep the Heat On program. The funding will help keep many Rhode Island families warm this winter. More.
Wednesday, January 8 – 10:30 A.M. 1550 Douglas Avenue, North Providence Major Gift From National Grid Foundation To Help Those In Need Stay Warm
(NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is set to receive a major gift from the National Grid Foundation, for its ‘Keep the Heat On’ heating assistance program. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be presented with a $70,000 check from Bob Keller, President of National Grid Foundation, on Wednesday, January 8, 10:30 a.m., at the home of a local family who has benefited from the heating assistance program. The home is located at 1550 Douglas Avenue, North Providence.
“I am so very grateful to the National Grid Foundation for its wonderful grant to the ‘Keep the Heat On’ program of the Diocese of Providence, said Bishop Tobin. The support of the Church and the local community will continue to be needed. I hope and pray that this generous gift from the National Grid Foundation will inspire other members of our community to continue their support.”
“National Grid Foundation is pleased to support ‘Keep the Heat On’ in its efforts to help thousands of families stay warm this winter, said Bob Keller. This program is vital to helping people with one of the basic necessities. We urge our friends and neighbors to join us in helping those less fortunate to receive the gift of warmth.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL GRID FOUNDATION
The National Grid Foundation was created to enhance the quality of life across its grant making territory. The Foundation’s ongoing challenge is to create opportunities for solutions to educational and environmental issues. Its objective is based on the principle that giving people the tools to build hope is an essential ingredient in the development of individuals, families and communities.
Since its inception in December of 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $17 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.
ABOUT KEEP THE HEAT ON
Sponsored by the Diocese since 2005, ‘Keep the Heat On’, provides heating assistance to Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of assistance. The program has raised more than $1.8 million to help more than 6,900 Rhode Island families and individuals coping with financial struggles with oil, gas or electric bills.
‘Keep the Heat On’ is funded by grants from the Catholic Charity Appeal and donations from generous individuals and businesses who believe that no Rhode Island family should be forced to live without heat during the winter months.
The media is invited to cover this special event.
NORTH SMITHFIELD — When he lost his construction job the day after he and his wife of 10 years closed on their new home, a North Smithfield man turned to Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” campaign for help. More.
PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence Office of Communications has announced that the diocesan heating assistance program, “Keep the Heat On,” will be highlighted on WPRO radio station this Sunday, December 22 at 7:30 a.m. More.
BURRILLVILLE — Kelley Barrett, 52, swaddles her dog, Jack, a pug-terrier mix, with a blanket before snuggling on the couch with Orange, her tabby cat. They are staying warm at Barrett’s mobile home in Mapleville, a village in Burrillville, thanks to a 50-gallon oil donation from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” campaign. More.
On Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 3:00pm the Gregorian Concert Choir and Festival Orchestra will present a Concert entitled “The Sounds of the Season” in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. The Concert will feature the music of Advent and Christmas and will benefit Bishop Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” Fund which assists poor and low income families with utility expenses. Tickets for the Concert are $10 per person and may be purchased by calling the Cathedral office at (401) 331-2434. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the Concert. A reception will follow in Cathedral Hall.
Immediate Assistance Available Thanks to $50K Catholic Charity Appeal Grant
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-With overnight temperatures dipping below the freezing point, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced ‘Keep the Heat On’ stands ready to provide heating assistance to those in the greatest of need. The Bishop has authorized a $50,000 donation from the Catholic Charity Appeal to being providing immediate assistance.
“Many Rhode Island families simply cannot afford to heat their homes and have fewer places to turn for help,” said Bishop Tobin. “As it has since 2005, ‘Keep the Heat On’ is a safety net for those who have exhausted all other public and private forms of heating assistance. It is my hope that through this critical program, funded in part by the Catholic Charity Appeal, Rhode Islanders in need will have another means by which to keep their homes warm this winter.”
BY BRIAN J. LOWNEY, ASSISTANT EDITOR
COVENTRY – Some seniors and others who are physically challenged often forgo the basic necessities that many take for granted.
Frank, 76, a retired mechanic and former musician, receives $741 per month from Social Security, and spends half of that amount to rent a small mobile home. After he pays other bills, he has little money left for food and other essentials.
“Some months I have less than $50 dollars a month to live on,” he lamented. “I don’t eat the way I should. I have to watch what I buy.”