35 Year Anniversary 2018-10-13T02:03:23+00:00

Celebrating 35 Years

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

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Dear Friends,

Tides Family Services is very excited to be celebrating our 35 Year Anniversary throughout 2018.  We have touched the lives of thousands of young people and their families and we continue to see their success as many of them now have children of their own and are doing well in the community.  It is hard to believe we started 35 years ago with $15,000 to start the programs and today we are an $8 million company with 140 staff serving over 500 families each day!

With the help of our extended family and community partners we are continuing our legacy of providing true grassroots services to those who need us most.  We never give up on a kid…never, remains our motto. This year, we celebrate a major transition in our history as we celebrate our Founder and now Chief  Visionary Officer, Brother Michael Reis.

On behalf of the staff, the board of directors, and the wonderful 35 year anniversary committee, we hope you will join us as a sponsor of the year long festivities commemorating his legacy and the future expansion of Tides Family Services. 

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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Upcoming Events

Join us in our largest event yet… Our 35 Year Anniversary party will be an evening of fun and dance at the Waterfire Art Center.  We will have a special tribute to Brother Michael Reis and all of the work that Tides Family Services has done over the years.

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35 Year Anniversary Information

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

Melba Depeña Affigne
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

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