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Please allow us the opportunity to introduce ourselves.
My name is Victoria Almeida, an attorney and shareholder with Adler Pollock and Sheehan in Providence. I am also Vice Chair of the Diocesan School Board, a Dame in the Order of Malta, and beneficiary of 16 years of Catholic education having been educated by the Sisters of Mercy at Mercymount, St. Mary Bay View, and Salve Regina University. I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at my parish, Our Lady of Fatima, as well as at St. Francis Chapel and City Ministry Center. I am also former President of the Rhode Island Bar Association.
My name is Bernard Jackvony, a fiduciary litigator with the law firm Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West located in downtown Providence. I had the pleasure of serving Rhode Island as Lieutenant Governor in the late 1990’s and previously served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. I have served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Bryant University for the past nine years and am presently involved with the St. Mary’s Home for Children as well as the St. Thomas More Society.
Collectively, we serve as Co-Chair’s of the Anchor of Hope Fund.
The Anchor of Hope Fund was established in the year 2001 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. Originally named the Rhode Island Inner-City Scholarship Fund, the Anchor of Hope provides significant need-based financial assistance to students attending Rhode Island Catholic schools irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation.
Today, this fund seeks to provide a quality Catholic education to those children most in need of our help. The Anchor of Hope Fund also attempts to cultivate the intellect, self-confidence, and faith of students who could not otherwise afford a Catholic elementary or secondary school education. The Anchor of Hope Fund also supports families and their children in building stronger communities with a hope-filled future for society.
Every year more and more families seek assistance in meeting rising tuition costs. The reality is that a majority of these schools are in Rhode Island’s urban areas. Many of the children they educate are those most at-risk due to challenging socio-economic factors. Our Catholic schools are crucial to the success of these students who – as experience shows – thrive academically and socially in a Catholic school environment.
An amazing fact is that 99.5% of Rhode Island Catholic secondary school students graduate, and 98% of those graduates continue on to college and ultimately serve our nation as leaders in business, public service, law, education, and medicine. Perhaps most importantly, Catholic school students leave Catholic schools not only with a high quality education but also with an education that is steeped in ethical and moral values that will serve them well as productive citizens in the global community.
Although the success of Catholic schools is unparalleled, school operating expenses necessitate unavoidable increases in tuition. The need is significant, and with the support of faith-filled leaders like you, we can continue to provide the value of a Catholic school education to Rhode Island children who are most in need of our help.
We would like to share with you a definition of stewardship borrowed from another Diocese that we believe you will find spiritually fulfilling and uplifting. It is impossible to explain all there is to stewardship, for stewardship is also part of each individual’s personal conversion process.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus Christ; and where it has been implemented, both givers’ and receivers’ lives have been changed.
Stewardship is a way of life, a way of thanking God for all His blessings by returning a portion of the time, talent, and treasure allotted to us.
Stewardship engenders a spirituality that deepens our relationship with the Lord. Stewardship involves intentional, planned and proportionate, giving of our time, talent, and treasure.
Stewardship addresses both individual parishioners as well as parishes themselves.
Stewardship is such an integral part of the Diocese of Providence and the Anchor of Hope Fund. As charitable community members, you have the ability to assist children in need in immeasurable ways. Providing guidance and support to this effort is Samuel Ragosta, Assistant Director of Stewardship and Development for Catholic Education with the Diocese of Providence. As Co-Chair’s of the Anchor of Hope Fund, we are pleased to both personally and professionally support the Anchor of Hope “Sponsor a Student” Campaign.
This all important Diocesan program allows both corporate and individual leaders the opportunity to assist in providing a Catholic education to the children of our state. A full breakdown of tuition costs per individual school can be found by visiting the Diocese of Providence Catholic Schools website at www.catholicschools.org. However, on average, the cost of elementary Catholic school education as of this writing is approximately $4,500, while the average tuition cost of a secondary Catholic school education is $10,500.
The Diocese of Providence and The Anchor of Hope Fund is a licensed 501 ( c ) 3 organization and, as such, your gift, to the extent allowed by law, is tax-deductible. The Office of Stewardship and Development recognizes that in today’s economy, an organization and or individual may not be in a position to fully allocate $4,500 to Catholic school children however may still be interested in assisting those in need. Thus, we ask you to prayerfully consider the following options:
Monthly Tuition Assistance $450.
Quarter Tuition Assistance $1,125.
Half Tuition Assistance $2,250.
Three Quarter Tuition Assistance $3,375.
Each and every dollar the Anchor of Hope Fund receives directly impacts children in our community attending Catholic schools. The reality is that the majority of these students qualify for financial assistance at or around four times the state poverty level. While we are hoping to obtain financial donations in the amount specified above, we appreciate and value all donations and welcome any contribution both corporations and individuals can make. Please note that assistance is provided to those individuals who demonstrate the greatest financial need as verified by an independent provider.
Please feel free to contact us directly should you have any questions. You may also contact Sam Ragosta, Executive Director, at 401.277.2121, or visit our website at www.providencediocese.org. On behalf of the Office of Stewardship and Development, the Catholic School Office, the Catholic Schools and their students, the Anchor of Hope Executive Committee, and the entire Diocese of Providence, we thank you in advance for your generous contribution. God bless!
Bernie Jackvony, Esq
Victoria Almeida, Esq