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NAFI RI Working to Upgrade Group Home in Historic Warren
April 22, 2021

NAFI Rhode Island, the nonprofit agency that provides juvenile justice, mental and behavioral health and family support programs, is working on a project to renovate and upgrade its Main Street Group Home in historic Warren. “We realize our neighbors in Warren value the historic nature of the property and have concerns about the condition of the exterior, […]

2020 Spirit of the Community Awards, NAFI Rhode Island, CT, and NY
December 27, 2020

 NAFI celebrates the amazing work its employees do for their communities in an awards ceremony each year recognizing those who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, the ceremony had to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions. NAFI’s Normative Community Approach creates a culture where people work together to achieve […]


December 24, 2020

Dear NAFI/NFI staff and family: As a very challenging 2020 comes to an end, let our holiday season be filled with gratitude for the extraordinary commitment and work you have done to ensure the wellbeing of consumers — and each other. You have taken on the added demands of the pandemic in ways that we couldn’t […]

This Holiday Season Is a Bridge Back to the ‘Best of Times’
December 23, 2020

Editor’s Note: Lynn Bishop, Executive Director of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, shared the following end of the year holiday message with colleagues, and we would like to share it with you. Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and joyful holidays and a hopeful and prosperous 2021!   Dear colleagues of NAFI Connecticut, Rhode […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Part 2: Meet More of NAFI’s Team Players
December 15, 2020

NAFI staff members in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York have a tradition of sharing “gratitude grams” with one another each year during the Thanksgiving season. We highlight the messages of appreciation on social media, and this year we began sharing some of them on the website, too. Here’s the second batch, and make sure […]

COVID-19 Didn’t Deter ‘Thanksgiving Elves’ of Project Turkey
December 11, 2020

Carnevale Project Turkey has been a holiday tradition for nearly 30 years and NAFI staff and volunteers in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York navigated the challenges of COVID-19 this year to make sure families received the extra boost they needed to make the holiday special. In Rhode Island, where Carnevale Project Turkey originated, NAFI […]

‘Gratitude Grams’ Show Appreciation for NAFI Staff
November 30, 2020

Each year, during the Thanksgiving season, we invite our employees to share “gratitude grams” with one another. These messages of appreciation provide a glimpse into the incredible support and commitment our employees demonstrate all year long in carrying out the vital and vibrant human services mission of the NAFI operations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and […]

Cranston Herald Features NAFI RI Foster Care/Adoption Story
November 30, 2020

Two weeks prior to Christmas in 2016, Candace Johndrow, longtime project manager at Family Service of Rhode Island and a newly licensed foster parent, received a call from the North American Family Institute asking her to take the now 16-year-old girl in for respite – just for a few weeks – because they did not […]

A Message From the Executive Director
March 18, 2020

As we navigate the crisis created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it’s vitally  important to stay connected, to create a sense of unity even amid the challenges of social distancing—and to interact in online forums like this one as a community of compassionate, caring citizens with the common goal of making the world around us […]

Carnevale Project Turkey
August 7, 2019

Project Turkey has had a significant impact on our agency.  Jerry Carnevale, the man who created and implemented this great tradition over the past 27 years, retired from our agency.  His tenure, vision and motivation around this event is ingrained in the culture of our agency and will continue each year.  Therefore, NAFI is pleased […]

Corporate News

Friends of NAFI/NFI Fall 2019 Newsletter

Friends of NAFI/NFI Newsletter – Fall 2019 This edition of the newsletter focuses on employee recruitment and retention. Check it out by clicking the link above!

NFI Massachusetts Announces New Executive Director

NFI Massachusetts Appoints Lydia Todd as Executive Director DANVERS, MA, – Today, Lydia Todd, a resident of Peabody and a Newton Native, was appointed as executive director for NFI Massachusetts, Inc., after more than 30 years of professional work in human services and criminal justice. Lydia is replacing Steven Hahn who served as the agency’s […]

NAFI/NFI 2018 Annual Report

  NAFI 2018 Annual Report Welcome to North American Family Institute’s 2018 Annual Report. Please click on the link above to read the report in its entirety.

Friends of NAFI/NFI Summer 2017 Newsletter

This edition of the Friends of NAFI/NFI will outline for readers the importance of measuring our successes through data collection and outcome reporting. It is vital to our agency growth that we regularly assess and review the impact of our services. This knowledge gives us the ability to refine and improve our programming, better serving […]

Our Perspective: NAFI New York – Where Collaboration is Key

The relatively small, but mighty NAFI NY Region has made the use of collaboration a key element both in its program design and as a strategy for growth and development. The result has been a growth in programming as well as support and recognition from our partners in the region. First, from the program design […]

NAFI Celebrates 40 Years

This year, NAFI is celebrating its 40th birthday – 40 years of remarkable service to our fellow men, women and children that began humbly, but with great hope, in a garage in Marblehead, Massachusetts 40 years ago. Download the NAFI 40th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet: Looking Back and Looking Ahead ›