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Q+A with the Partners of Feast & Fettle: Maggie Mulvena Pearson, Nikki Oliveira + Carlos Ventura

While completing her Culinary Nutrition program at Johnson & Wales University, Maggie Mulvena Pearson worked as a personal chef. Having the idea to cook personal meals for more families, she recruited her high-school best friend, brought on a strategic business partner, and started her meal delivery service, Feast & Fettle. Making customer service their specialty,[…..]

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Q&A with Karen Mejias of Mindful Maia

For the past two years Karen Mejias has been the creative director of Mindful Maia, an organically sourced juice & tea truck based out of RI. Having graduated from art school in San Francisco, Karen wanted to bring the positive and creative energy she found on the West Coast back home, where she strives to[…..]

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Hope’s Harvest RI: Gleaning Fields for Hunger Relief

Eva Agudelo knows farms and farmers. From her early work in Bellingham, Washington, administering a program that paid farmers to grow food for hunger relief agencies, to her current position as founding director of Hope’s Harvest RI, Eva has been at the center of systems that focus on connecting hungry people with fresh, local food.[…..]

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Reentry Campus Program: Committed to Education

Twenty years ago, when Rhode Island native James Monteiro was incarcerated in Baltimore, he read a news article that set him on the path to a changed life. The story was about a young man who had gone from being an inmate at the RI Adult Correctional Institution to being a Brown University graduate on[…..]

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AS220 Industries: Increasing Creativity

AS220 has been a resource for creativity in Providence since 1985 and has continued to grow ever since. Starting with an operating budget of $800 in a one-room space, AS220 now owns several commercial and residential properties throughout Providence that promote artistic expression. A major part of the organization is AS220 Industries, a collection of community[…..]

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NaloxBox: Saving Lives One Box at a Time

A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Geoff Capraro has been  teaching medical students, residents, and fellows at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University since 2010. About three years ago,  in response to the growing opioid epidemic within Rhode Island and around the country, Capraro founded NaloxBox with Claudia Rebola, a professor of industrial[…..]

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Empower Spinal Cord Injury: Enabling More-Independent Lives

Occupational therapist Elizabeth Lima Remillard and physical therapists Carinne Callahan and Jessica Goodine founded Empower Spinal Cord Injury in 2010 to help individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury live happier, more meaningful, and more independent lives. Since 2012 they have offered a multi-week summer residential program that combines a holistic mix of physical[…..]

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One Gun Gone: A Youth Project in Art and Social Engagement

In September 2015, Scott Lapham founded One Gun Gone as an art and engagement project to raise awareness about gun violence. A Providence-based fine art and commercial photographer and a teaching artist who is passionate about making art with young people, Scott had firsthand knowledge of the despair and destructiveness that gun violence brings to[…..]

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Q&A with Becky Morris of Celebrated

At the age of  18, Becky Morris wrote in her journal that her life’s goal was to be her own boss. A freshman in college at the time, she didn’t know exactly how she was going to get there, but her persistence in achieving this goal never wavered. In November 2017, a little over a[…..]

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Making Smiles for Miles with K’s Kustom’s Ride Ons

December 17 2018 Partners in both life and business, Josh Mello and Rachel Ware are a business team extraordinaire. United by their love for the environment and passion for entrepreneurship, they’ve been building K’s Kustom’s Ride Ons together since 2016. The K in K’s Kustom is inspired by the business’ 9-year old president, Mello’s daughter, Karissa.[…..]

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