During the coronavirus outbreak, Building Futures is operating, but our offices are not open for visitors. Most staff are working from home, but we are still here to help our alumni. Email us at info@bfri.org.  You can call us by cell at 401-330-7851 or call the office at 401-919-5919 to leave a message for a specific staff person. Staff are all checking messages.

While the situation is serious, we can all work together to minimize the impact. Please take advice about social distancing  seriously, wash your hands often, and stay home if you’re not feeling well. The action we take now protects not just ourselves, but our whole community. You can find more information a the RI Department of Health.

Building Futures alumni have always been leaders in the industry, and we know you’ll continue to lead as we all work together to support one another. Please reach out if you need anything.

In Solidarity,

Andrew Cortés, Executive Director

Building Futures | Apprenticeship RI

Health Information

Rhode Island Department of Health has a hotline number for coronavirus information. Call 401-222-8022.

If you’re not feeling well, call your primary care doctor or the Department of Health hotline.

Are you uninsured? HealthSource RI is extending enrollment through mid-April.  HealthSource has many income based options for you and your family.

Governor Raimondo announced on Saturday, March 14, that testing and treatment for COVID-19 will be free for Rhode Islanders, with no co-pay or out of pocket expense.

If you are having difficult time emotionally, or a difficulty with substance use, please call 401-414-5465. Staff at the RI Behavorial Link Hotline are available 24 hours a day.

Unemployment & Temporary Disability

If you are laid off, file an unemployment claim online here. Governor Raimondo has waived the 7 day waiting period for unemployment.

If you are staying home to care for school age kids or someone at home who needs care, TDI may be an option for you. Click here to learn more.

School Information

Schools across Rhode Island are closed until at least April 6. Visit the RI Department of Education for up to date information and information about distance learning plans.

Food Assistance

Food pantries across Rhode Island are open. Find one near you by visiting the RI Food Bank.

If you need help with groceries, you can also sign up for SNAP (food stamp assistance) or WIC.

Communities across Rhode Island are offering meals for school age youth. Check your local city or town website. In Providence, you can find info for breakfast and lunch here, and for dinner pick up here.

Other Assistance

Utilities like National Grid and Providence Water have stopped collections activities and shut-offs temporarily. Most cable and internet companies that serve RI have done the same. Contact your provider to find out more.

Eviction and Foreclosures. Courts are closed in Rhode Island until 4/15, and evictions will not be processed in that time. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a ban on foreclosures and evictions for all FHA-insured Single Family mortgages for the next 60 days. (3/18) To find out if your mortgage qualifies you can look up who owns your mortgage here.

Help for Small Businesses. Commerce RI has a hotline for small businesses. Call 401-521-HELP, Monday – Friday 8:30 – 4:30 or email info@commerceri.com.

The United Way 211 is a first stop for help for you and your family. Call “211” on your phone 24 hours a day or visit their website.

How to Help

Our whole state is coming together to support one another right now. There are two big ways you can help.

  1. If you are healthy and have no symptoms, make a point of checking on your neighbors, especially older folks or families with young children who might need extra help. You can help them safely by using hand sanitizer or washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a six foot distance when interacting, and, if you do any errands for folks, leaving packages outside their door.
  2. Rhode Island’s nonprofits are stepping up to the plate and, if you’re in a position to help, your donation will go a long way. Donate to the United Way COVID-19 Rapid Response fund.