Township of Washington, NJ – December 5, 2012 – North Jersey Friendship House opened its new, state-of-the-art commercial training kitchen on October 2, 2012 – a facility expansion made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from OritaniBank Charitable Foundation.
Friendship House, a 501(c)(3) charity, provides pre-vocational and vocational rehabilitation for people with mental illness and other disabilities. One of its successful programs is a catering business at the organization’s Hackensack location where members of Friendship House learn kitchen related skills while preparing food for outside contracts. Currently they provide over 1,000 meals daily.
The organization’s kitchen required an expansion this past year to offer enhanced training opportunities for members as well as to prepare an additional 1000 meals daily. The cost of the project was over the estimated amount by $100,000, the cost of critically needed kitchen equipment. The $100,000 grant awarded by OritaniBank Charitable Foundation for the kitchen equipment, along with funds raised by the Friendship House board, assured that the project would be completed on time.
“The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation grant enabled us to expand and enhance our training in all areas of food services,” commented Jack Doyle, CEO of Friendship House. “This will provide a significant increase in employment opportunities for our members in the Friendship House Culinary Food Service Training Program. We are so grateful for this support.”
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its’ communities most in need. Since its inception the Foundation has donated more than $3 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.
Oritani Bank is a 101-year-old community bank with over $2.8 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank 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.