Family Promise MetroWest Receives $25,000 Grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for COVID-19 Relief

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NATICK – Family Promise Metrowest, a Natick-based nonprofit that offers a community response to family homelessness, announced today, January 6, it has received a $25,000 grant fromEastern Bank Charitable Foundation (EBCF).

The grant is part of a commitment from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to provide financial support to local organizations focused on COVID-19 relief.

The grant will provide funding for programs to assist families that have lost their homes or are facing eviction in Metrowest Boston.

“As we prepare for 2021, we are genuinely grateful to Eastern Bank for their generous donation that will be used toward housing and support for our families. These are challenging times and with an increase of families facing unemployment and possible eviction, our community partners are needed now more than ever. Thank you to the foundation for being there with us and facing these uncertain times together.”  Susan Crossley,  Family Promise Metrowest, Executive Director.

During the early days and weeks of the pandemic, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation began to lend its support as quickly as possible, and it has steadily increased throughout 2020 the amount of unsolicited grants to nonprofit organizations. In total, $11 million in COVID-19 relief grants has been provided to hundreds of local and regional organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in 2020.

The most recent funding supports organizations focused on housing stability, homelessness, food security, and essential services and utilities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Addressing housing and homelessness, preventing evictions and foreclosures, and providing rental assistance, shelters and other services, Family Promise Metrowest is receiving a grant for its work in addressing housing insecurities compounded by the virus outbreak.

“Housing, homelessness and food insecurity have long been challenges in our local communities that are being made worse by the double impact of the pandemic and approaching winter season,” said Nancy Huntington Stager, President and CEO of Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. “Thank you to the organizations and people bravely working on the front lines to support our neighbors in need providing vital assistance during these times. The need for corporate philanthropic support of our nonprofit partners is as great now as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, and we invite those who can to join us in giving their support.”

Founded in 2008 to provide shelter for families facing homelessness, Family Promise Metrowest’s mission is to “transform the lives of families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support.” Over the years FPM has grown to encompass transitional programming and homelessness prevention, in addition to comprehensive employment and education support. Their unique approach brings together a community of 50 congregations and 3,000 trained volunteers to provide meals, companionship, and overnight housing, while case managers work individually with motivated families to work toward long-term sustainability. You can learn more at:familypromisemetrowest.org

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