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Play every day is a key component of the ReFocus philosophy. Simply, recreation is therapy for all of us.For adults with developmental disabilities, research shows that recreational activities have positive physical and cognitive benefits.They improve motor skills, agility and balance; reduce depression, anxiety and negative thinking; and improve social and communication skills, which for some of our clients increases opportunities for employment and independent living.

In addition to daily recreational activities at our Community Centers and group homes, ReFocus offers a variety of special events throughout the year – all based on an individual's interests and abilities.

Special Olympics

Each year, ReFocus athletes compete in Special Olympics-Rhode Island. With uniforms from a generous donor, the folks take to the field at Bryant University in Spring and at URI in Summer, a much anticipated opportunity to enjoy active participation in sports, as well as an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, build confidence, and discover their independence. Special Olympics is truly a celebration of diversity and inclusion.

Special Olympics

Halloween Party

Each year, ReFocus holds our Annual Halloween Costume Party. Open to all staff members, our folks and their families, it typically runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Prizes are awarded for the Best Dressed, Most Scary, Most Creative, Most Original and Most Beautiful. Join us. It’s great fun.

Halloween Party

Holiday Party

We celebrate the ReFocus community in a special way at our Annual Holiday Celebration. All the folks, their families and our staff are invited to attend. Special anniversary awards are given to staff, clients, and supporters.

Holiday Party 2013
Holiday Party 2014
Holiday Party 2015
Holiday Party 2019

Family Summer Picnic

To experience what we mean by “community” at ReFocus, come to our annual summer picnic.  Folks, their family members, friends of ReFocus and the entire staff are invited and more than 400 guests attend this event at Goddard Park in Warwick. With many helping hands, guests enjoy plenty of good food, games, face painting, carousel rides and a wonderful raffle. Watch for the date and please join us!

Family Picnic 2014
Family Picnic 2015
Family Picnic 2018

Culture Days

Each month, the staff and folks at our two Community Centers come together for a Culture Day Party! The day includes activities based on that month's culture as well as a feast of that month's cultural fare. ReFocus prides itself on its diversity, and among the many blessings diversity brings is its culinary variety for the palate. Staff from countries around the world share traditional tasty treats from their culture with other staff and with the folks we support.  Music and dancing add to the festivities of the day. It is also an extraordinary learning experience for all who come and share in these days. Recent celebrations have included a Chinese New Year party, Black History month, Irish Culture on St. Patrick's Day and many more! Check out the Community Center calendar for this month's celebration and join us if you can.

Culture Days photo album

Spring Dance

One of our favorite fund-raising events is the Spring Fling. In addition to dinner and a night of dancing we hold a penny social and raffle to increase the coffers for the evening. The night is inexpensive, offers much fun and is a great time for all.

Spring Dance

Auction & Gala

Enchanted Garden 2014
Moonlight in Morocco 2015
Starry Starry Night 2018

Changing the Face of Beauty Project

Changing the Face of Beauty - Rhode Island-based non-profit ReFocus is joining a national movement to encourage the use of models with disabilities in advertisements.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and participants in today's photo shoot for prove that sentiment holds true.

The initiative is meant to include models of differing abilities with traditional models, to show that beauty comes in many different forms."

Changing the Face of Beauty

Nancy & Bill Gilbane Community Center


Sister Chris' 45th Anniversary

Chris was celebrated at Rhodes on-the-Pawtuxet by the clients and staff of ReFocus, Inc. The celebration was marked by long-time friend and North Providence City Councilman, Nicholas Narducci, officially proclaiming June 18, 2018 as Founder’s Day. Following the proclamation, fellow ReFocus Administrators spoke of Chris’ history and fulfillment of the three key principles of ReFocus: Love, Trust, & Challenge. A buffet luncheon, dancing, raffles, and a few heart-felt surprises made this an Anniversary that Chris will never forget.

Celebrating 45 Years!