Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

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Joe Gar­lick, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Neigh­borWorks Black­stone River Val­ley in, is the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s $50,000 Murray Fam­ily Prize for Com­mu­nity En­rich­ment.

WOONSOCKET — The 2018 Murray Fam­ily Prize for Com­mu­nity En­rich­ment at the Rhode Is­land Foun­da­tion has been awarded to Joe Gar­lick, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Neigh­borWorks Black­stone River Val­ley (NWBRV) in Woonsocket.

With the honor, Gar­lick re­ceived $50,000 in recog­ni­tion of his decades-long com­mit­ment to re­vi­tal­iz­ing ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods and pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove lives. There are no re­stric­tions on the use of the money.

“Joe’s tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity around him is an in­spir­ing ex­am­ple for oth­ers to fol­low. Our fam­ily takes great pride in hon­or­ing him for his drive and his ac­com­plish­ments,” said Paula McNa­mara, daugh­ter of Ter­rence and Suzanne Murray, who. along with her fam­ily es­tab­lished the Murray Fam­ily Prize for Com­mu­nity En­rich­ment at the Foun­da­tion last year.

Gar­lick has been NWBRV’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor since 1994. Dur­ing his ten­ure, NWBRV has de­vel­oped $18 mil­lion of sin­gle fam­ily hous­ing, $98 mil­lion of rental hous­ing and 90,000 square feet of com­mer­cial space.

“It is truly amaz­ing to be rec­og­nized for work you love and be­lieve in. I con­sider my­self lucky to be part of Rhode Is­land’s net­work of non­profit com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tions who work dili­gently to make sure our neigh­bors have homes they can af­ford in neigh­bor­hoods filled with op­por­tu­nity. I’d also like to ac­knowl­edge my staff who work as hard as I do to ful­fill our com­mu­nity mis­sion,” said Gar­lick.

“Af­ford­able hous­ing im­proves lives and con­trib­utes to our econ­omy in many ways. There is noth­ing like the power of a good home in a thriv­ing neigh­bor­hood. It has a tremen­dous im­pact, im­prov­ing health, aca­demic achieve­ment and job prospects,” he said.

Among the pro­jects Gar­lick has led are the cre­ation of more than 100 af­ford­able apart­ments in the Con­sti­tu­tion Hill neigh­bor­hood of Woonsocket, the con­struc­tion of 80 af­ford­able apart­ments for se­niors at The Mead­ows in North Smith­field and the con­ver­sion of the for­mer Still­wa­ter Mill in Bur­ril­lville into 47 af­ford­able rental units at Clock­tower Apart­ments in Bur­ril­lville.

“It is im­por­tant to ap­plaud the con­tri­bu­tions of Rhode Is­lan­ders like Joe, who are work­ing qui­etly and humbly in ser­vice of oth­ers,” said Neil D. Stein­berg, the Foun­da­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO. “We are grate­ful to the Murray fam­ily for work­ing with us to honor the remarkable lead­ers whose work makes lives bet­ter.”

This is just the sec­ond time the Murray Fam­ily Prize has been awarded. The in­au­gu­ral award was pre­sented to UCAP School founder Rob DeBlois last year in recog­ni­tion of his decades-long com­mit­ment to ed­u­cat­ing low-in­come, ur­ban and pre­dom­i­nately im­mi­grant stu­dents with a his­tory of school fail­ure.

The Rhode Is­land Foun­da­tion is the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive fun­der of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Rhode Is­land. Work­ing with gen­er­ous and vi­sion­ary donors, the Foun­da­tion raised $38 mil­lion and awarded $43 mil­lion in grants to or­ga­ni­za­tions ad­dress­ing the state’s most press­ing is­sues and needs of di­verse com­mu­ni­ties in 2017. Through lead­er­ship, fundrais­ing and grant-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, of­ten in part­ner­ship with in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Foun­da­tion is help­ing Rhode Is­land reach its true po­ten­tial.

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Joe Gar­lick, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Neigh­borWorks Black­stone River Val­ley in Woonsocket, is the re­cip­i­ent of this year’s $50,000 Murray Fam­ily Prize for Com­mu­nity En­rich­ment at the Rhode Is­land Foun­da­tion. Gar­lick (third from the left) meets with Murray fam­ily mem­bers, from left, Paula McNa­mara, Suzanne Murray, Terry Murray, Me­gan Craigen and Terry Murray Jr., fol­low­ing the award cer­e­mony. Gar­lick’s work in­cludes cre­at­ing hun­dreds of af­ford­able houses and apart­ments in Bur­ril­lville, North Smith­field and Woonsocket

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