The First County Bank Foundation recently awarded the Stamford based organization Always Reaching for Independence of Connecticut with a $5,000 check.
The nonprofit provides jobs, homes, and support services to people with disabilities. A press release from ARI states the award will be used to offset the expenses of clients within the individualized Home Support Program. The program teaches clients skills like cooking, money management, and social skills that allow them to live on their own. The grant allows the clients to receive support when unseen emergencies arise.
"After paying monthly rent, utilities, phone, food and medical bills most clients barely have enough money to go out and enjoy themselves," commented Matthew Reyher, President & CEO of ARI of Connecticut. "If they have one unexpected expense, such as a visit to the emergency room, they become instantly in debt. Grants like these are important to keep clients living a rich life."
CEO and Chariman of First County Bank, Rey Giallongo Jr. said both First County Bank and ARI have a long history of helping out in the community.
"We like their mission quite a bit," stated Giallongo. "The program that we funded with this (grant), for their supportive living services, is well needed in the community."'
The First County Bank Foundation was established in 2001 to honor the bank's 150th anniversary. The foundation contributes to non-profit organizations that support community and economic development or support the children and families of lower Fairfield County. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded a total of 554 grants worth $4.6 million.