Message From the President & CEO

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Tri-County Community Action Agency was originally established as Tri-Town Community Action Agency in 1964 under President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and has grown from a small, non-profit private corporation to a large and highly diverse organization.

From the beginning of my career at Tri-Town starting in 1973 as a Community Organizer and Planning Director, to my current position as CEO since 1980, I have had the distinct honor to work closely with the people and communities we serve. Our community presence has grown significantly through the years, starting with one small building in the town of Johnston, and slowly but steadily adding programs and services that led us to the Tri-County of today. We are an Agency that offers over 75 programs and services across the state of Rhode Island, and serves thousands of individuals and families every year.

I invite you to browse through our site, and to learn more about the Agency and the programs we offer. These essential services are the stepping stones to fulfilling our mission, “to empower and create opportunities for vulnerable individuals and families in our community to become socially and economically self-sufficient.”

With gratitude,

Joseph R DeSantis Signature

Joseph R. DeSantis
President & Chief Executive Officer