2013-12-05 / Mainsheet

35 Years of Service to the Community


Three sisters celebrate together (from left to right) Hope Perkins, Pauline Perkins Moye and Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Smothers. Three sisters celebrate together (from left to right) Hope Perkins, Pauline Perkins Moye and Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Smothers. More than 250 people recently gathered at Salve Regina University's Ochre Court to celebrate Looking Upwards' contribution over the past 35 years in supporting children and adults with disabilities to live fulfilling lives.

Founded in 1978, Looking Upwards' initial purpose was to provide residential support to individuals transitioning out of the state institution known as Ladd School. Throughout the years, the agency's focus has continually expanded to meet the needs of the community.

Some of these services include early intervention to promote infant and toddler development, home-based support for children and families, and partnerships with schools. The guiding principle behind each is to collaborate with families and individuals to make a real difference in people's lives. Last year, the agency served nearly 800 children and adults, primarily from Newport County.


Newport resident Herb Raymond and Looking Upwards' nurses Cathy McCormack and Kathy Banks enjoy the festivities. 
Photos by Valerie Kitchin Newport resident Herb Raymond and Looking Upwards' nurses Cathy McCormack and Kathy Banks enjoy the festivities. Photos by Valerie Kitchin Services for adults range from residential. Looking Upwards has helped many people find work in area businesses. Some individuals have developed microbusinesses, and a group of individuals with artistic talent work as jewelry designers at Downtown Designs on Broadway, a gallery and jewelry store operated by artisans from Looking Upwards.



Left to right: Lisa Rafferty, Executive Director of Bridges, Thomas P. Kane, President and CEO of AccessPoint RI, and Carrie W. Miranda, Executive Director of Looking Upwards, honor the occasion. Left to right: Lisa Rafferty, Executive Director of Bridges, Thomas P. Kane, President and CEO of AccessPoint RI, and Carrie W. Miranda, Executive Director of Looking Upwards, honor the occasion.

Staff members Tracey Pontes and Gregory Welch, along with Vanessa Wurman, enjoy the evening. Staff members Tracey Pontes and Gregory Welch, along with Vanessa Wurman, enjoy the evening.

Pianist Michael Collins, who has launched a piano-gram business with the support of Looking Upwards, provided some of the night's entertainment. Pianist Michael Collins, who has launched a piano-gram business with the support of Looking Upwards, provided some of the night's entertainment.

Enjoying the celebration are (from left to right) Coletta Nohra, Sam Aromin, Jeff Hathaway, Araksia-Alla Audalyan, and Alysia Giaconetti. Enjoying the celebration are (from left to right) Coletta Nohra, Sam Aromin, Jeff Hathaway, Araksia-Alla Audalyan, and Alysia Giaconetti.

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