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McAuley Ministries Welcomes Barbara Haynes as New Executive Director


McAuley Ministries is excited to share that we have welcomed Barbara Haynes as our new Executive Director. Barbara succeeds Donald Wolfe, who retired at the end of July after leading McAuley Ministries since 2006.


A well-respected executive throughout Rhode Island, Barbara most recently served as the Interim President at St. Mary Academy - Bay View. From 2003-2015, she was the Vice President, Market Manager for Cumulus Media - Providence, where she managed all aspects of operations for radio stations 630 WPRO AM, 92 PRO-FM, Lite Rock 105, HOT 106, and WPRV. In total, Barbara has spent more than three decades in sales and management positions in Rhode Island.


"I am grateful to the Sisters of Mercy and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to serve as the Executive Director and further the mission of McAuley Ministries in partnership with the many great employees, donors and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to helping others," Haynes said. "Most importantly, I look forward to getting to know our guests and residents, and being a welcoming face each day as we support them on their path to success."


"Barbara's passion for helping others, coupled with her extensive leadership experience, helped her stand out among a group of exceptionally strong candidates. We're excited for her to lead McAuley Ministries into its next chapter," said McAuley Ministries Board Chair Shannon O'Brien, Vice President, Claims Executive Department, Amica Mutual Insurance Company.


A resident of Riverside, Barbara holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island. Over the years, Barbara has been an active volunteer and fundraiser for programs that benefit military members and veterans, and Hasbro Children's Hospital. She has enjoyed being a mentor to both students at Year Up and AmeriCorps members at City Year. She has also held various leadership positions with the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association.



Meet Andrés F. Montoya, the New Administrator of The Warde-robe


We at McAuley Ministries are pleased to announce that Andrés F. Montoya has been hired as the new Administrator of The Warde-robe, our thrift store ministry in Central Falls. He joined our team this past February following the retirement of Donna Benetti.


As Administrator, Andrés manages the daily operations of The Warde-robe and is responsible for arranging sales and special promotions that will benefit the low-income community. He also oversees the store’s part-time staff and volunteers, and reaches out to generous donors and churches to seek gently-used items needed by customers.


Andrés accepted the Administrator position after searching for an opportunity that would enable him to make a difference in the lives of others. He is deeply committed to ministering to a diverse community and meeting the needs of those who shop at The Warde-robe.


A resident of Pawtucket, Andrés is familiar with the community he serves. He is fluent in both English and Spanish, which has enabled him to enhance the service of The Warde-robe to the many Hispanic families who visit the store.



Once You've Served Lunch on Us, You're Hooked: By Melanie Coon, Managing Director, Internal Communications, BCBSRI


The routine is familiar: wash hands, don apron and gloves, and await instructions from the crew chief. We're here again at McAuley House for Lunch on Us, ready to start serving.


While Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island employees volunteer at McAuley year-round, June is the month that our company underwrites the cost of lunch for McAuley guests. To make that contribution more meaningful, all of us at BCBSRI are especially encouraged to volunteer during the June lunch service. Because McAuley has a deep bench of loyal volunteers, or "regulars," there are only about four spots available for BCBSRI associates every day. And I can tell you, as soon as the call goes out for Lunch on Us volunteers, the spots are filled - you have to be quick on the draw to sign up! Once you've served Lunch on Us, you're hooked!

Our partnership with McAuley is a natural. BCBSRI has been here for Rhode Islanders for nearly 80 years, and our CEO, Kim Keck, likes to say that community service is in our company DNA. Ask any employee the top reason they are proud to work at BCBSRI and you will get the same answer: our strong connection to all of the communities in our state.


More specifically, we understand the importance of providing nutritious meals to people who might not have easy access to healthy food or to a place where they can prepare a meal. Good nutrition is essential to good health - and our company is passionate about helping Rhode Islanders become healthy and stay healthy. Lunch on Us ensures that at least once a day Rhode Islanders from underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods can sit down to a filling and delicious meal. It's not a panacea by any stretch, but it can make a difference.


Where the difference really comes into play is this: Lunch on Us is about much more than lunch. Which is why so many of us vie for those coveted volunteer spots.


When the first group of guests is seated, everyone joins in prayer and sometimes song. Highlights of afternoon programming are announced. These pre-lunch rituals add a little joy to what is almost certainly a challenging day. Many guests are clearly struggling with physical and behavioral health problems. Some walk in carrying - or wearing - their life's possessions. Some are moms with small children. But at McAuley, everyone - no matter their circumstances - is treated with dignity, respect, and kindness. Plenty of compassion, but no pity. No one is rushed through the meal. The dining room is a safe, judgment-free zone.


Lifting people's spirits is a special expertise of McAuley Ministries. It's a gift the McAuley staff and regulars freely give to their guests. And all they ask in return is that guests enjoy the food and fellowship of Lunch on Us. That's an experience we can all benefit from sharing and passing along.

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622 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907

Tel: 401-941-9013

Fax: 401-941-6862