Celebrating 35 Years

Celebrating & Honoring The Dedicated Work Of Brother Michael Reis, FSC, LICSW, Ph.D. (h.c.)

Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that our year of celebrating Brother Michael Reis and Tides Family Services has come to a close. Our 35th anniversary celebration on Friday October 26th was a huge success and we are all humbled by the support of the community. Over 350 people attended the celebration and listened to amazing speakers supporting our mission such as Judge Frank Caprio. and Bianca Perry a former client. It was great to see Senator Whitehouse, Congressman Langevin and Governor Raimondo in attendance along with numerous Judges and Government officials in charge of state services focused on children. Bianca Perry delivered a heartfelt speech that illustrates how Lasallian mission truly transforms lives.

Linda D’Amario Rossi, Board Chairperson announced the results of a recent pilot study that 264 of 311 Tides kids did not have any misdemeanor or felony convictions in the adult system. That is an 85% success rate that we are truly proud of.

As a tribute to his years of dedication, we have started a new program called –BMR- BELIEVE IN MAKING RESULTS. This program will work with children and families in what is truly preventative work. As Brother Michael always says, these are “the families who fly under the radar.” We would like to join the state of RI in its newly articulated mantra of “pivot to prevention.” This program is simple- it will give those in need time and attention so they do not become known to any other systems.

The generosity throughout the evening was overwhelming. We must take the time to thank our sponsors- please see the attached.

In addition, the numerous silent auction and raffle donations given to help us raise money for this new program.

We would like to have a special thank you to the Gallo Family Wineries for one again supplying the evening wine and in particular to Alex Stack, VP of Martignetti Companies for arranging the wine donation with Chris and Sandy Gasbarro.

There are so many unsung heroes that should be acknowledged and you know who you are. There is still time to support the new program by going to our website donation page.

Check out the events pictures our amazing video

Thank you,
Beth A. Bixby, Chief Executive Officer
Brother Michael Reis, Chief Visionary Officer


Our Mission

“Tides Family Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit social services agency focusing on addressing the needs of children at risk. Since its incorporation in 1983, Tides has promoted family preservation and maintenance of youth within their communities through individual, family and group counseling; home visitations; educational and court advocacy as well as the networking of social services. Tides aims to provide the children, youth and their families with the services they need. The overall goal of Tides’ effort is to keep within the mission of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.”

Tides Sponsorships

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits- Below are the list of benefits of sponsorships by contribution level and in support of Tides Family Services.  All sponsorships will 100% directly impact those we serve through program and services.

Please note, if you would like to individualize your sponsorship package please contact Mary-Kate O’Leary, MA Vice President of Philanthropy & Public Relations,  at 401-354-9779 to discuss.







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Thank You To All Those Who Celebrated With Us And For Your Generous Donations

Reflection of 35 Years of Service

Recognizing Brother Michael Reis, a True Visionary Beyond Borders

Brother Michael Reis was born and raised in Queens, NY. He received his BA at Catholic University of America and his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College and a Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. He also received a Doctor of Educational Leadership, honoris cuasa from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. A Brother of The Christian Schools, Brother Michael has 40+ years’ experience in serving the state’s highest risk families and youth. In New York, Brother Michael started working directly with at-risk youth and families as a Supervisor for three group homes in the Bronx and Queens. Brother Michael pronounced final vows as a Christian Brother in August of 1968. In the early 70’s Brother Michael was part of the Catholic Chaplain Team for Adult Corrections and the Juvenile Training School. In 1974, he co-founded Ocean Tides, a residential treatment facility where he was the 1st Chief Executive Officer. In 1983, Brother Michael founded Tides Family Services. Starting with $15,000 seed money and an office no bigger than a supply closet he has led the 35 year old organization to an $8 million company with over 140 staff serving 500 youth a day.

Acclaimed in the community as an inspirational and influential force, Brother Michael was one of the early pioneers who recognized prevention and intervention meant community based work had to be in family homes and “at the kitchen table.” For years, Brother Michael walked the streets of Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls and West Warwick to help kids and families as his passion has been to make sure every child stay rooted in family and community. Today, many of those kids, now adults reach back to thank him for saving their lives.

Brother Michael is truly the voice for the voiceless. Always having the pulse on the child welfare landscape and known for “wearing the collar” at the Statehouse, he can be relentless in his efforts to advocate for the needs of at-risk children and families. His iconic presence has distinguished Brother Michael as a Visionary Beyond Borders that many recognize and choose to follow.

John Baptiste de La Salle once stated “Example makes a much greater impression on the mind & heart than words.” Brother Michael Reis has been a true example of servant leader.

Board of Directors

Linda D’Amario Rossi

Vice Chair
Christopher Little, Esq.

John Mailloux

Maryann Donohue-Lynch

Annette Coutu
Lisa Churchville
Dr. Edward Dana
Sussy Deleon
Dr. Joseph Dowling
Lynn Hunter
Ian Hyatt
Steven Kay
Vark Markarian
Joseph Matthews
Anthony Paliotta
Edward Pelletier
Patrick Quinlan, Esq.
Matthew Raiche
Br. Phil Rofrano, FSC.
Kathleen Thibault

35 Year Anniversary Committee

Honorary Chair:
Honorary Judge Frank Caprio
Annette Angeli
Judge Haiganush Bedrosian
Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Kim Burrows
Judge Frank Caprio
Chief Hugh Clements
Barbara Cottam
Linda D’Amario Rossi
Sussy Deleon
Barbara DeCesare
Maryann Donohue-Lynch
Dr. Joseph Dowling
Sandy Gasbarro
Jean George
Chris Gontarz esq.
Lynn Hunter
Peg Langhammer
Vark Markarian
John Mailloux
Cynthia Osmanski
Edward Pelletier
Janet Ricci
Michael Tamburro
Kim Webber