September 28, 2011

Centerstone’s Regional Intervention Program (RIP) Partners with Local Organizations for Community Service Projects

Clarksville Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and Grace Community Church each conduct day of volunteerism at local not-for-profit

Nashville, Tenn. – On both September 17 and 24, more than two dozen Clarksville volunteers from local organizations donated their time and energy to Centerstone’s Regional Intervention Program (RIP), a not-for-profit organization in Clarksville.

RIP is a nationally recognized, grant funded, parent implemented program that provides training for parents and caregivers in positive behavior management skills. Available to children under the age of six and their families, RIP provides individualized behavior plans to meet the specific needs of each family. Clarksville’s RIP is a program of Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services.

“We are so pleased that our facility was chosen by the Clarksville Young Professionals and Grace Community Church as one of their community service projects,” said Katie McWilliams, Program Coordinator for RIP in Clarksville. “Here at Centerstone and RIP we strive every day to make a difference and positively impact the lives of the families we serve. The enhancements that the two organizations provided to our facility just further benefit our clients.”

Part of the local Chamber of Commerce, the clean-up at RIP was just one of the many community service projects that the Clarksville Young Professionals conduct throughout the year. The team from Grace Community Church volunteered at RIP as part of their Operation Serve initiative – a one day volunteer blitz where over 1,000 people signed up to enhance the community of Clarksville. 

As part of their volunteerism at RIP, the two groups assembled and installed playground equipment and built newer, larger sandboxes for the children. Some building materials for the projects, including sandbox equipment and tools, were donated by Register Construction, a local Clarksville business. A local Boy Scout troop also assisted in building the benches that were installed on the playground.

Clarksville Young Professionals at Centerstone's RIP

Members from the Clarksville Young Professionals participate in community-service project at Centerstone’s RIP. From left to right: Tyler Aman, Ankur Singla, Matt Dyce, Michelle Lowe, Stacey Streetman, Pam Hodges, Eddie Hodges and Brad Taylor.

 Clarksville Young Professionals at Centerstone's RIP

Members from the Grace Community Church participate in community-service project at Centerstone’s RIP. Standing, from left to right: Amanda Tarver, George Pereira, Frank Ruotolo, Chuck Dene, Jim Schnell, Tony Mcbroom and Ben Stanley. Sitting, from left to right: Susan Moore, Kim Wicks, Emily Stone, Deborah Schnell and Debbie Ruotolo. 

 Clarksville Young Professionals at Centerstone's RIP

Volunteers with the Clarksville Young Professionals build playground equipment for children of Centerstone’s RIP program in Clarksville. 

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About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.