Township of Washington, NJ (July 24, 2014) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, located in the Township of Washington, recently granted $55,000 to North Jersey Friendship House, a non-profit organization located in Hackensack, that provides a safe haven for individuals with varying levels of disabilities to receive counseling, vocational training and eventual job placement assistance.
This much-needed grant was utilized to purchase three minivans that will help transport participants and employees of Friendship House throughout the surrounding area. One van will be dedicated to the adult autism program and will transport participants to and from internships and life skills outings. Another van will be utilized as part of the vocational supportive services for both the CLEAN (Custodial Learning for Employment and Networking) and ICON (Innovative Culinary Opportunity Network) programs. The third van will be used to help with supportive employment used by job coaches and students to go to job sites, on interviews and also various field trips such as going to the movies or bowling.
“We want to thank Kevin Lynch and Oritani Bank for its partnership in providing these vans, which allows Friendship House to make a difference in the lives of our members every day,” said Jack Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Friendship House.
“The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation has been a major supporter of North Jersey Friendship House because of its commitment to helping people with disabilities gain the training necessary to have a successful life and career in spite of their disabilities,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “What Friendship House does for these individuals is overwhelming; we are so grateful to have partnered with such a selfless organization that provides the necessary life tools for these individuals.”
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $4 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 103-year-old community bank with more than $2.8 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com.
About North Jersey Friendship House:
North Jersey Friendship House is a non-profit organization that works with adults with varying abilities and provides them with comprehensive clinical treatment, vocational training and work opportunities in order to help achieve meaningful and productive lives. The services provided by North Jersey Friendship House are designed to address the unique needs and goals of the individual. Our programs include partial care, vocational rehabilitation, employment services and an adult with autism day program. In addition, we have two new programs, ICON and CLEAN which provide specialized training in culinary arts and custodial services respectively. North Jersey Friendship House is licensed by the Division of Mental Health, and the programs and services have been approved by the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. North Jersey Friendship House is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a nationwide non-profit organization that is committed to enhancing quality rehabilitation services. For more information, call (201) 488-2121, or visit its website, www.njfriendshiphouse.org.
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Kevin Lynch, President OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Jack Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Friendship House