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Rhode Island group receives 250K grant to help immigrants prepare for U.S. citizenship

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Immigrants take oath of citizenship to the United States on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) office at Newark's Federal Building.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Immigrants take oath of citizenship to the United States on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) office at Newark's Federal Building. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A Rhode Island nonprofit organization has been awarded a $250,000 grant to help immigrants prepare for U.S. citizenship.

Progreso Latino, based in Central Falls, is one of 40 organizations nationwide to receive the competitive grant from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services this year.

The social services organization will use the funds to expand the range of citizenship preparation services available to lawful, permanent residents who are preparing for U.S. citizenship. Progreso Latino is federally accredited to provide immigration assistance.

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, who helped secure the funding, says the grant will help integrate new citizens into the community and the country.

A Reed spokesman says the Democratic senator has worked with Progreso Latino on a range of issues and is a strong supporter of the organization's work.

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