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Message from our President & CEO - TriCounty
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Message from our President & CEO

Tri-County Community Action Agency President and CEO, Joseph R. DeSantisWelcome to the Tri-County Community Action Agency.

Tri-County was originally established as Tri-Town Community Action Agency in 1964 under President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”  As a Community Action Agency, Tri-Town had 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 on behalf of the people we serve across all life cycles, while experiencing extreme growth in services and programs delivered. We have forged new partnerships and strengthened existing ones throughout the community to enhance and increase access to critically needed resources.

With increased diversity in programs and funding streams, Tri-Town’s annual budget was over $15 million dollars in 2010, serving over 18,200 low to moderate income families, disabled adults, seniors, children and youth.  In October of 2016, the Tri-Town Community Action Agency merged all programs and services with the South County Community Action Agency forming the new, Tri-County Community Action Agency.

We are here to help individuals and families with a wide range of programs and services including education, employment and training, health care including dental and behavioral health, senior services, energy assistance, emergency services, food and nutrition programs, WIC, Early and Basic Head Start, and Youth Prevention Programs to name a few.

We hope that you will have the opportunity to utilize our new website to learn more about the many services and programs we offer, be it located at one of our Tri-County locations, or through one of our many partnerships with other local and state agencies and organizations. Since merging with South County Community Action Agency on October 1, 2016, we are pleased to now offer comprehensive services and programs throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Again, we invite you to browse the Tri-County website for more information on the wide variety of programs and services we offer. On behalf of our Board of Directors, and all of us here at the Tri-County Community Action Agency, we look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you and your family.

Best Regards,

Joseph R. DeSantis
President & Chief Executive Officer