Four Westport-based nonprofits recently received $20,000 in grants from the First County Bank Foundation. The Foundation granted $10,000 to Homes with Hope’s Bacharach Community, which provides emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children.
“Last year, in Connecticut, more than 14,000 people—including 2,500 children—entered homelessness throughout the course of the year,” said Katherine Harris, vice president of First County Bank Foundation. “As a community, we need to do more to help these families find affordable or supportive housing,” suggested Harris, who is also president and chief operating officer of First County Bank. Bacharach Community, located on Wassell Lane in Westport, with an additional facility on the Post Road, provides emergency shelter for up to six families headed by women.
In addition to Homes with Hope, the Foundation granted $5,000 to Positive Directions, for its adolescent behavior health treatment program; $2,500 to Project Return, for its HEAL Program (Health, Empathy, Love, Altruism), providing adolescent girls and young women in crisis a nurturing environment to heal and grow and $2,500 to United Way of Westport.
Since its inception in 2001, the First County Bank Foundation has awarded over 760 individual grants, worth $5.8 million.
The list of Westport-based nonprofits who received First County Bank Foundation grants is available at: First County Bank Press Releases.