OceanFirst Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Catholic Charities’ Providence House Domestic Violence Services. The grant will be used for a kitchen renovation project in the program’s safe house. The kitchen had never been enlarged following an expansion that increased the capacity from 15 to 27. In addition, the renovation will include the creation of a barrier free portion of the kitchen so that residents who use wheelchairs can have access to appliances and sink without assistance.
“We offer all of our services at no cost to victims and their families in order to remove at least the financial barrier to accessing care,” said Jean Metz, director of Providence House since 1990. Overall, Providence House experienced the following increases in assistance provided during 2010:
– an eight percent increase in total individuals served (2,130 in 2009 and 2,311 in 2010);
– a 13 percent increase in shelter nights provided;
– a 37 percent increase in the number of hotline calls received;
– a 14 percent increase in the number of clients seen at the Outreach Office for counseling;
OceanFirst has been a significant and steadfast supporter of Catholic Charities services to those most in need, contributing $546,232 to programs since 1996.
Catholic Charities’ executive director, Marlene Laó-Collins, said in appreciation of the grant: “With decreasing funding coming from the public sector, the generosity and involvement of OceanFirst Foundation makes it possible to continue our mission to help the poor and vulnerable achieve self-sufficiency.”
“OceanFirst views its support of Catholic Charities as a solid investment because their programs help to build strong families and families are the glue that holds a community together,” said Katherine Durante, executive director of OceanFirst Foundation. Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The bank’s strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. [[In-content Ad]]