Our In-Residence program offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists to serve in the Woonsocket community. It’s simple. We offer a very few, highly-qualified professionals – entrepreneurs, businesspeople, artists, educators, etc. – a deeply discounted apartment in exchange for 16 hours per week of community service with eligible NWBRV community programs. Residents are expected to live, work, serve, and enjoy the City of Woonsocket for a year-to-year rental agreement, eligible for renewal after an evaluation each year.
Interested in becoming a CBIR?
CBIR’s live in the Constitution Hill neighborhood of Woonsocket. Located adjacent to the City’s historic downtown and Blackstone River and just steps away from public transportation, restaurants, and other attractions, the units offer a cozy community feeling with an urban core experience.
Our Current CBIRs
It takes a special person to serve as a Community Builder-in-Residence (CBIR) – talent, motivation, and a desire to make change are all key factors to success in the program. There are six In-Residence spots available through our Community Builder-in-Residence program.
Profiles of our CBIRs:
Xavier Colon: Xav joined the C3 Center staff in January 2018 after volunteering his time for the Blessing Box charity event for Martin Luther King Jr. Xav loves getting more involved with the kids at The C3 Center and Art Center and showing them the value of education and community. Xav is a disabled army combat veteran. Having honorably served with 1st Cavalry Division and deployed with 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, TX to North Baghdad, Iraq. Since his time in the service, he’s developed a passion for all anything fitness related. Challenging himself with knowledge he takes in as he furthers his own fitness journey to become a healthier, better man. His other hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and he loves yoga. Xav can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eben Dente: Eben Dente came to NeighborWorks in November of 2016 after graduating from the New England Institute of Technology with a degree in Video and Art Production. His experience with youth comes from many years serving as a mentor at his church. He has considered trying to build up the community he lives in as one of his consistent lifelong goals, and so this position at the C3 Center excites him greatly. With his West African (specifically Ghanaian) heritage, Eben is happy to connect with many of the kids at the C3 Center who have similar backgrounds. He is excited to help all the students through potential struggles and be there for them during high points as a source of strong support and encouragement. Eben can be reached at email@example.com.
Eric Haglund: Eric Haglund joined the NeighborWorks team in early 2018 during his final semester of study at the University of Rhode Island. As a graduate with a B.S. in Health Studies focusing in Health Promotion, he hopes to work at the community level to foster healthier habits and lifestyles among communities with limited access to these resources. He is striving to initiate this at the C3 center through a comprehensive Healthy Lifestyle enrichment course for the youth. Eric has already built a strong and positive relationship with the students and aims to continue to be a mentor and someone the kids can count on in the future as well. Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Jacques: Gregory Jacques joined the NWBRV team with great familiarity with the area, having grown up in Woonsocket. He earned an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from the Community College of Rhode Island, and then a B.S. in Law and Criminal Justice from Roger Williams University. He contributes his experience as District Director at the Boy Scouts of America and in fund development work at the Alzheimer’s Association. Gregory has a long history of working with youth and has seen the strides made in the lives of the kids he has helped. Having worked as a CBIR already, he has witnessed the benefits of this program and values the strong relationships he has built with the youth. He hopes to use his knowledge of the students’ individual strengths and weaknesses in school and how they deal with stress to help them even more in the school year ahead. Greg can be reached at email@example.com.
Nwando Ofakansi: Nwando Ofokansi first joined the NWBRV team as an AmeriCorps Summer VISTA in 2010. After graduating from Boston College with a degree in Sociology, Philosophy, and African & African Diaspora Studies, she returned to NeighborWorks as a full-year Americorps VISTA. When her VISTA term of service ended, she decided to continue her work with this organization, so in 2014 she became a Community Builder-in-Residence (CBIR). Nwando’s background is in community/youth development, relationship violence prevention, sexual health, and public health. Her passion for these fields has been demonstrated through her positions as Coordinator of the Youth Educating about Health Team at Youth in Action, President of BC’s African Students Organization, and Health Coach at BC’s Office of Health Promotion. Currently, she is the Education Programs Coordinator at the Katie Brown Educational Program, a relationship violence prevention program, and the Adviser of the CRC’s Sure Track to College program at the NeighborWorks C3 Center. In much of Nwando’s work, she uses intersectionality and critical-race feminism to unravel the impact of culture, identity, and oppression on health outcomes. She hopes to return to school to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health, and to one day have a house full of kittens. Nwando can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zara Salmon: Zara is a 2018 graduate of Wheaton College where her majors were English and Political Science. While there, she fell in love with the field of entrepreneurship and hasn’t looked back since. As a Community Builder In-Residence, Zara hopes that her passion for entrepreneurship and belief in individualized learning is apparent. In this role, the most rewarding part has been being able to serve as a source of support and encouragement for the kids. When Zara is not working as a CBIR or an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence, you can usually find her working on her business idea in hopes of owning and operating her own vegan bakery someday. Zara can be reached at email@example.com.