A family of lifelong Rhode Islanders, family is the core value for the Regan’s and they generously reach beyond bloodlines to help other families. The relationship between Regan Heating and Air Conditioning and Child & Family began as neighbors in Providence. “We flowed into it,” says Terry, “but we quickly realized the importance of the agency and giving a family dignity, of helping them get back on their feet.”

From the early days of sharing a parking lot with Child & Family, the Regan family’s support has expanded into television as sponsors of the monthly ABC-6 segment, Your Town, Your Family. The series spotlights Child & Family services and programs while providing viewers with meaningful content to strengthen their own families and community.

Before their involvement with Child & Family, the Regan’s daughter had been a grant writer, and through her work, Terry began to realize the scope of people in need and the magnitude of kids who are affected by poverty and abuse. As the relationship with Child & Family trickled into the folds of the Regan family, this awareness and empathy opened the pathways for them to actively make a difference.

“If you’re in my situation and truly blessed, it’s a good thing to give back. I feel it’s my responsibility to support the community,” asserts Terry Regan. “I like to do it and being able to help somebody makes you feel good.”

Looking ahead, the Regan’s envision a scholarship and job opportunities program to encourage and enable young people entering the construction trades. As they develop this dream with Child & Family, they continue sharing their good fortune.

“It really pulls at my heartstrings and puts things into perspective,” says Regan. Recalling a dentist’s visit he continues, “I thought, ‘if I can afford to put this money into my mouth, and I can afford to give money to help a kid.’”