EAST ORANGE, NJ –  On behalf of Sierra House, Executive Director Keely Freeman, Vice President Ron Wilson, and President Pearlene Fields accepted a Major Grant of $10,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their Transitional Program.  Presenting the grant on behalf of the foundation were Jane Kurek, Executive Director of The Provident Bank Foundation, along with Michael Petrucci, VP/Market Manager of Provident Bank.  Sierra House was selected to receive the grant based on the invaluable services they offer to homeless young women and children. The program provides housing, food, life skills, financial literacy, and other critical social services to help homeless youth transition from homelessness to self-sufficient living.

Sierra House received the check during a presentation on September 4th at the Sierra House Transitional Program. Also in attendance at the presentation were Marcia Dash-Smith, Case Manager as well as Shamecca Johnson, and Tianee Smith of Sierra House. 

“Sierra House is incredibly grateful to The Provident Bank Foundation for this grant and for the opportunities it allows us,” Ron Wilson shared after the presentation. Keely Freeman echoed that sentiment. “This grant was a breakthrough for us,” she said. “We are so appreciative of The Provident Bank Foundation for their investment, belief in our mission, and for their dedicated commitment to giving back.”

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The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families. 

“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director of the Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”

For more information about Sierra House, visit www.sierrahouse.org.