Township of Washington, NJ April 12, 2011 The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Family Promise of Bergen County in support of the organizations Day Center for temporarily homeless families. Soon to be relocated to the United Methodist Church of Ridgewood, the Day Center will serve as a daytime home base for families staying overnight at local host congregations as part of the Family Promise Network emergency shelter program.
OritaniBank Charitable Foundations grant will help cover the costs of renovating the Day Center and transporting the families to and from the center. The center provides the families with access to telephones, computers and shower and laundry facilities before and after work and school. The families meet with case managers who work closely with them to find affordable housing and acquire training to obtain better employment.
The donation was presented at an event honoring Oritani Banks 100th Anniversary on March 23. Oritani Banks strength lies in our commitment to the communities we serve, said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. It is fitting that we begin our second century by offering financial support to Family Promise, an organization that plays such a pivotal role in helping our neighbors through extremely difficult circumstances.
Formerly known as the Interreligious Fellowship, Family Promise has provided shelter and services for working homeless families in Bergen County for 25 years. The Family Promise Network, a program of the non-denominational non-profit organization consists of 22 host congregations offering clean, safe overnight lodging to homeless families and 70 support congregations providing food, linen and additional volunteers. Family Promise helps families transition back to self-sufficiency through an intensive case management program and an array of services including financial literacy training, debt management, family mentoring, scholarships, childcare, youth development and a summer ending day camp. For more information, visit their website http://bergenfamilypromise.org/bfp.
The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help residents in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $2 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.
Oritani Bank is a 100 year old community bank with over $2.5 billion in assets based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Banks parent Oritani Financial Corp. is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol ORIT. Oritani Bank as 23 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson and PassaicCounties, and 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