REMEMBERING TIDES FOUNDER, BROTHER MICHAEL REIS
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. A De Lasalle Christian Brother, Brother Michael spent 40+ years 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. 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 led the organization to an $8 million company with over 140 staff serving 500 youth a day! Brother Michael has been an icon in the community.
He had chaired and been a member of multiple committees including the Child Welfare Advisory Committee, RI Kids Count Advisory Committee for youth in placement, RI Coalition Child & Family Services, Executive Office of Health and Human Services Search Committee for Child Advocate, and the RI Training School Search Committee to appoint a new Superintendent. He sat on the Board of San Miguel, the Board at Horizon Health Care Partners, was the Treasurer of the Board for the Soup Kitchen in Pawtucket, and lobbied for the Child & Family Services National Association of Social Workers in Rhode Island. His proudest moments were watching the growth of the organization and having the ability to serve more of the neediest families of Rhode Island. In his free time, he enjoyed being the Director and host for the Lasallian volunteer community assigned to Rhode Island. He also enjoyed reading, traveling and helping others.
Brother Michael’s unwavering dedication to improving the lives of at-risk youth has left an indelible mark on the entire Tides Family Services organization and the countless young lives touched since our inception in 1983. His compassionate spirit, tireless commitment, and boundless love for Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children and families have been Tides’ guiding light. Brother Michael was a true advocate for children. Brother Michael’s legacy will forever inspire us in our mission to offer hope for a brighter future to those we serve. His legacy lives on in all of us and the lives he transformed.
Visitation will be held Friday September 29, 2023 from 3-7pm in the Chapel at Christian Brothers Center, 635 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI. His funeral will be Saturday September 30th at 10:30am in the Chapel at Christian Brothers Center, 635 Ocean Road Narragansett, RI. Burial to follow.