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Friendly House receives grants from FHLBank Boston and bankHometown

Oxford, Massachusetts — December 12, 2023

FHLBank Boston recently recognized bankHometown for its commitment to affordable housing, awarding a $2,000 grant to Friendly House, Worcester, the nonprofit organization selected by bankHometown. bankHometown in turn matched the grant through its own charitable giving program, The Giving Tree, providing Friendly House with an additional $2,000, bringing total donations to $4,000.

Through the FHLBank Boston’s Grants for New England Partnerships (GNP) program, the bank partners with member banks, like bankHometown, to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that offer critical services to the communities. bankHometown was one of just 10 banks selected to request a grant based on the housing and community investment programs in which it participates.

According to bankHometown President and CEO Robert J. Morton, bankHometown selected Friendly House and matched the grant because of the nonprofit organization’s longstanding commitment to providing housing-related services to families in need.

“For more than a century, Friendly House has been focused on providing Worcester families with a wide variety of services, including transitional housing and emergency shelter,” said Morton. “We thank the FHLBank Boston for recognizing our commitment to affordable housing lending and for giving us the opportunity to provide Friendly House with necessary funding to help them continue improving the well-being of those they serve.”

“We are doubly honored by the FHLBB award and the generous match from bankHometown,” said Friendly House Executive Director Trish Appert. “We are thankful for our partnership with Rob Morton and bankHometown and value their support in helping us respond to the urgent need for housing solutions in Worcester and throughout the Commonwealth. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of children and families in Worcester.”

In the Photo

Friendly House Executive Director Trish Appert and bankHometown President and CEO Robert J. Morton.

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