Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) hosted a Town Hall meeting with constituents on Tuesday at the Cranston Public Library. Prior to this public meeting, he met with the leadership team at Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) and visited a local business, Raffa Yoga, which is also the birthplace of the non-profit Metta Students Foundation.
At CCAP, Langevin discussed the challenges facing the agency and its clients, including cuts resulting from sequestration.
“Sequestration isn’t just a dollar figure,” Langevin said. “The sequester is having a very real, very painful impact on communities, and no one feels that more than our social service providers like the team at CCAP. They have been doing more with less for years, but these additional cuts threaten their ability to meet the physical and emotional needs of Rhode Islanders.”
After his visit to CCAP, Raffa owner Christine Raffa gave the Congressman a tour of her growing business and shared with him the story behind the Metta Students Foundation, an organization that rewards acts of kindness by high school students with scholarships.
“It was a pleasure to join Christine Raffa at her innovative yoga and relaxation studio,” Langevin continued. “Christine is a savvy businesswoman and the perfect example of a good corporate citizen. As she expands her business, she is simultaneously giving back to the community that supports her, teaming up with Norm Kelly to support the Metta Students Foundation. By awarding scholarships to high school students who perform acts of kindness, they have set off a chain reaction of good deeds.”
The visits led up to the first of two Town Hall meetings Langevin is hosting during Congress’s August district work period, with the second planned for August 29 at the Kingston Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s meeting covered jobs and the economy, Social Security, education, national security and more.
“I greatly appreciate all of the constituents who took the time to attend my Town Hall meeting,” Langevin said. “I always appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from my constituents and answer any questions they might have. The conversation was productive, and the feedback I got Tuesday will help direct my work in Washington.”