Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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.

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Youth Trauma Program offers programs for children and families affected by trauma or violence

Youth Trauma Program, a program of JRI located at the Fernandes Center for Children & Families of Saint Anne’s Hospital, has announced the following programs for youth who have been affected by trauma or a witness to violence, and their families.

Stronger Together is a six-week group that provides support and education for youth ages 11-14 who have been impacted by parental or caregiver substance disorder.

Trauma-sensitive yoga groups for children and teens: The Youth Trauma Program offers two WholeYoga groups for children who have been impacted by trauma. One program is intended for children ages 8-12; the second program is designed for teens ages 13-18.

Stop, Slow, Go: Strategies to Address Self-Regulation. Facilitated by an occupational therapist and a clinician specially trained in trauma-focused treatment, this group is for boys and girls ages 8-12 with a history of trauma, and their parents or caregivers.

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