About Ryan Bilodeau

Ryan Bilodeau’s father died at age 16, before which time his mother was sick and therefore unable to work. Living in the projects and Section 8 housing of Woonsocket, R.I., Ryan grew up in poverty. Cognisant of the way poverty can affect one’s spirit and hope, Ryan started the Gift Card Project in an effort to restore optimism to those facing poverty through an encounter between the the receiver of the gift card and those helping him or her. The Gift Card Project is ultimately about reminding us all of the dignity inherent in each and every person.