By now, most folks in the nonprofit circuitry of Rhode Island are aware of the work of James Monteiro and his inspiring mission. If you happen to be out of the loop, the Billy Taylor House is a youth haven complete with mentoring and community service outreach to enrich the lives of children and teens who need guidance. The atmosphere of positive reinforcement and encouragement makes this a solid foundation for youth in the community and, in recent months, the House has been rather active. In July they held a fundraiser and raffle at Snubs in which 100% of the proceeds went to their Jobs Program to help its kids seek gainful employment and a sense of self-worth. They are also holding a yard sale on August 2; anyone inside or outside of the Mount Hope neighborhood can donate items to the cause with proceeds benefiting the jobs program. The Billy Taylor House's mission to "Reinvent Mount Hope" demonstrates an attitude towards community that we can all stand behind.
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