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Humbly in service of others

Joe Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley in Woonsocket, is the recipient of the 2018 Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“It is truly amazing to be recognized for work you love and believe in,” says Joe Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (NWBRV) in Woonsocket and recipient of the 2018 Murray Family Prize for Community Enrichment at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“I consider myself lucky to be part of our network of nonprofit community development corporations that work diligently to make sure our neighbors have homes they can afford in neighborhoods filled with opportunity.”

“Joe’s tireless dedication to improving the community around him is an inspiring example for others to follow.”

- Paula McNamara

“Joe’s tireless dedication to improving the community around him is an inspiring example for others to follow,” said Paula McNamara, daughter of Terrence and Suzanne Murray, who along with her family established the annual award in 2017. “We want to recognize people or entities who are doing things to improve life for the citizens of Rhode Island – to recognize, applaud, and celebrate someone who cares about our state.”

A resident of Providence, Joe has been NWBRV’s executive director since 1994. During his tenure, NWBRV has developed $18 million of single family housing, $98 million of rental housing, and 90,000 square feet of commercial space.

Among the projects Joe has led are the creation of more than 100 affordable apartments in the Constitution Hill neighborhood of Woonsocket, the construction of 80 affordable apartments for seniors at The Meadows in North Smithfield, and the conversion of the former Stillwater Mill in Burrillville into 47 affordable rental units.

With the honor, Joe received a $50,000 prize in recognition of his decades-long commitment to revitalizing urban neighborhoods.

“It is important to applaud the contributions of Rhode Islanders like Joe, who are working quietly and humbly in service of others,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.