Township of Washington, NJ – December 6, 2013 – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Family Promise of Bergen County, an organization whose mission is to provide hospitality to the homeless and to keep families together in times of crisis and begin to develop a foundation for self-sufficiency.
The Oritani grant will help fund three wrap-around programs: 1) the Network – which provides working families with children overnight accommodations at local houses of worship. They can assist up to 14 people at any one time. In 2012 they assisted 11 families with a total of 39 people; 2) New Leaf Transitional Housing – provides four subsidized apartments in Bergen County for 18-24 months to qualifying families. In 2012 they assisted 5 families with a total of 14 people; and 3) After Care Program – follows those families that have transitioned out of New Leaf and provides them with a small rent subsidy for up to one year as well as continuing case management. In 2012 they assisted six families with a total of 21 people. In summary, the Family Promise sheltering program assisted 22 families with a total of 74 people in 2012. They note that their recidivism rate is at almost zero.
“Oritani Bank is committed to our entire community and we realize the importance of keeping families safe and together. Family Promise does excellent work on the front lines in Bergen County to help these families, who are often working poor or have undergone some crisis,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President, and CEO of Oritani Bank.
“This generous grant from the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation will enable Family Promise keep families together during the crisis of homelessness. The grant ensures that Family Promise can continue to provide temporary shelter and the services necessary to help families set a foundation for self-sufficiency and return to their communities,” said Kate Duggan, Executive Director, Family Promise of Bergen County.
For more information, call (201) 833-8009 or visit: www.bergenfamilypromise.org. The Ridgewood, NJ organization is an affiliate of the national organization: Family Promise.
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.
Oritani Bank is a 102-year-old community bank with over $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 their website, www.oritani.com.
Photographed from left to right:
Kate Duggan, Executive Director, Family Promise of Bergen County; Kevin Lynch, President, OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President, and CEO of Oritani Bank; Julie Lynch; Kathy Antonaccio; Nicholas Antonaccio, Oritani Bank Board of Directors; Paul Shackford, President, Board of Trustees – Family Promise of Bergen County.