"Let’s stop ‘tolerating’ or ‘accepting’ difference. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different." – Kate Bornstein
The ReFocus Mission Statement stands strong in this Agency, and remains the North Star for every decision made by our Executive Director, Christine Kavanagh, RSM. Christine, known as Chris throughout the entire ReFocus family, is the back-bone, heart, and soul of ReFocus, Inc. and has been for the past 45 years. June 18, 2018 marked Chris’ 45th Anniversary, and naturally it was not missed by the Agency! But, how does the woman who lives and breathes ReFocus celebrate this monumental occasion? Simple. By giving back to the dedicated staff and wonderful folks that we support!
Chris’ celebration was comprised of four parts: a donation campaign to raise money for the dreams of the folks; a raffle drawing benefitting our folks and staff with gift cards for the folks and vacation time for the staff; a celebration for the internal ReFocus family; and lastly, this special edition newsletter for our external ReFocus family to memorialize such a significant accomplishment!
On Monday June 18th, Chris was celebrated at Rhodes on-the-Pawtuxet by the clients and staff of ReFocus, Inc. The celebration was marked by long-time friend and North Providence City Councilman, Nicholas Narducci, officially proclaiming June 18, 2018 as Founder’s Day. Following the proclamation, fellow ReFocus Administrators spoke of Chris’ history and fulfillment of the three key principles of ReFocus: Love, Trust, & Challenge. A buffet luncheon, dancing, raffles, and a few heart-felt surprises made this an Anniversary that Chris will never forget.
November 1, 2016 - In Memory of Patricia Farley, RSM
Choral presentation: Students from St. Mary Academy - Bay View directed by Christine D. Kavanagh & Diane Gualtieri; Welcome & Introductions from Christine Kavanagh, RSM - Executive Director; Invocation by Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy Northeast; Testimonials from Stephanie Shelhamer, Mary Beth Plante, Dixie Burden, Heather Bent; Greetings fromNicholas J. Narducci Jr., Councilman, followed by christening of Sister Pat’s Place; Remarks & Blessing by Monsignor Gerard O. Sabourin;Ribbon Cutting by Jeff Gurskey & David LaPlante.