Progreso Latino received a $50,882 Implementation Project annual award* for its Teen & Adult Prevention Program (TAPP), which uses a holistic public health approach to grow the community’s capacity to address intimate partner violence (IPV) in the Blackstone Valley area.
TAPP engages cohorts of adults and youth as social action committees that mobilize around common goals towards social change and policy reform. In partnership with the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Progreso Latino is building on the successes and experiences of its previous DVPF project, continuing to draw from the leadership of survivors and youth and adding a new men’s engagement component.
*The grant period for this Implementation Project is January 2020 through June 2023.
DVPF Project Spotlight
In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Progreso Latino implemented its COVID-19 Response Plan, comprised of the remote continuation of 12 core programs and the expansion of its on-site Central Falls Food Pantry, a member agency of the RI Community Food Bank. This critical partnership enabled Progreso Latino to respond to the significant increase in the number of households accessing the food pantry as a result of the pandemic, many for the first time.
The CF Food Pantry transformed from a small pantry serving 1,124 households in 2019 into a mass anti-hunger operation serving over 15,000 households in 2020. Progreso Latino continues to serve hundreds of people per week at the pantry.
Progreso Latino also launched a multilingual, culturally responsive communications campaign through its website, social media platforms, and in-person outreach efforts. The campaign focused on raising awareness about Progreso Latino's programs, COVID-19 education and testing, domestic violence prevention and services, employment, housing, financial programs, education, policy and advocacy, the 2020 census, voting and elections. The campaign highlighted the agency's commitment to serve all immigrants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. These communications have reached thousands of Latino and immigrant families and many other Rhode Islanders.
Progreso Latino’s Adult Social Action Committee, currently made up of 10 to 15 core participants, helps community members build leadership skills and become further involved in the issues impacting their community. Progreso Latino continues to build solidarity with various partner coalitions, such as the Raising RI Coalition and the Coalition for a Multilingual RI, with the goal of connecting Adult Social Action Committee participants to local policy campaigns and change efforts, particularly those that support low-income communities and people impacted by domestic violence. Some of the important policy issues they have discussed and testified on include driver’s licenses for all, health insurance for undocumented children, shorter sentences for juvenile detainees, and a sugary drink policy that would add a SNAP incentive for fruits and vegetables.
Progreso Latino has also developed a leadership toolkit that Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center (BVAC) can provide to survivors of domestic violence who participate in BVAC’s support groups and who are interested in advancing their passion to end domestic violence by strengthening their leadership and advocacy skills.
As part of Progreso Latino’s DVPF Implementation Project, members of their Adult Social Action Committee attend and speak at a State House rally in support of state-level policy that would ensure driver’s licenses for all, including undocumented immigrants.