Ari and his bike

Ari Lopez, Family Partner for Children's Friend and Family Services, a Division of JRI, rides his bike approximately 26 miles per day to connect with children and families.

“As a family partner, I don’t have all the answers, but I believe in the power of trying to figure things out together,” he says.

“Nobody needs to be perfect, we just need to work with what we have and that is more than enough to produce a positive change.”

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.