Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation Grants $50K to FRIENDS WAY
West Warwick, R.I., September 22, 2017 – The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Warwick-based FRIENDS WAY, Rhode Island’s only bereavement center dedicated to serving children. The grant will be used to help fund the nonprofit organization’s programming for grieving children and their families.
“FRIENDS WAY is thrilled to have received this generous grant from the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation,” said Susan Stevenson, Executive Director of FRIENDS WAY. “The Foundation has been a significant partner of ours, recognizing the importance of helping children cope with their loss and find joy in their memories.”
“Over the last two years, The Foundation has become increasingly familiar with the mission of FRIENDS WAY through Hal Horvat, the Bank’s Executive Vice President, Chief Retail and Lending Officer,” said Tom Lamb, President, CEO and Chairman of Centreville Bank and Chairman of the Foundation’s board. “Hal is deeply involved with FRIENDS WAY as a volunteer, and recently joined their board of directors. We are pleased to provide funding support for the important work FRIENDS WAY is doing to help these children.”
FRIENDS WAY facilitates groups for children ages 3 to 18 and their families following the death of a significant person in their lives, to support their healing in a safe and compassionate environment. Families attend sessions bi-weekly throughout the school year, are not charged any fees for participating in FRIENDS WAY’s programs. Approximately 200 children from across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts are currently participating in FRIENDS WAY’s peer-based