The first graduates of the Mission Program and their mentors. Photo by Stephen Ide/ONE Neighborhood Builders

TWELVE PROVIDENCE residents recently graduated from ONE Neighborhood Builders’
Community Health Worker Pre-Apprenticeship Program. / COURTESY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS/STEVE IDE

PROVIDENCE – A group of 12 Greater Providence residents graduated from ONE Neighborhood Builders’ Community Health Worker Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a first-of-its-kind program that provides pathways into community health care.

“I want to congratulate the graduates of the pre-apprenticeship program,” said Jennifer Hawkins, ONE|NB’s president and executive director. “This program provides people a pathway to a career in community health and allows them to give back to their own community. We are proud to have played a part.”

The program is the first of its kind registered with the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The 12 graduates completed a five-week training program, becoming registered community health care workers. Throughout the five weeks, they received instruction and mentorship from trainers from United Way of Rhode Island Inc., Lifespan Corp.Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Project Weber, and House of Hope Community Development Corp.

“One of the reasons I joined the program was because of ONE|NB, who have given me opportunities in the past. They realized I had a passion to help others. This pre-apprenticeship training is the perfect program to help me and others in similar situations,” said Alfred Quinones, a graduate of the inaugural Pre-Apprenticeship Mission Program cohort and a resident of Olneyville. “They say ‘Family First.’ The Mission Program is all about that – helping others and families in need to the best of their abilities. I am so fortunate and blessed to be part of such a great team.”