December 14 2018,  Peabody

Bridgewell Receives $10,000 Grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

Funds from Targeted Grant Will Be Used to Establish Bridgewell’s Education Assistance Program


Bridgewell, a nonprofit providing social and human services that empower people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives, today announced it has received a $10,000 Targeted Grant from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant will be used to establish Bridgewell’s Education Assistance Program, a new program led by an internal committee that’s dedicated to helping women improve their lives by providing them with the opportunity to further their education.

Funds from the grant will be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, transportation and childcare for women participating in Bridgewell’s Women’s Program, an inpatient substance use disorder treatment program designed specifically for women, and Bridgewell’s Drug Diversion Program, an outpatient, voluntary and treatment-based program. Additionally, funds will also be used to assist women in Bridgewell’s Permanent Housing program, which offers homeless women in recovery a safe and supportive environment.

“The grant we received from Eastern Bank’s Targeted Grant program has provided us with much-needed resources to help women in recovery improve their lives by furthering their education,” said Joanna Huntington, Clinical Director, Bridgewell. “Access to education is critical to helping women battling substance abuse prepare for a brighter future, and this grant will give us the ability to open even more doors for them. In fact, we already have plans to cover tuition and supplies expenses for a woman wishing to become a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine, and the cost of enrollment for someone who’s planning to complete the GED program at North Shore Community College.

This year, Eastern Bank is granting a total of $1.7 million in Targeted Grants to 170 nonprofits in communities from New Hampshire to Cape Cod and throughout the South Shore, North Shore, Metro West, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. In celebration of Eastern Bank’s 200th anniversary and to honor its first depositor, Rebecca Sutton, Targeted Grants have been designated to support organizations addressing a range of issues that disproportionately impact women, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, health care, pay equity and senior management and board representation.

“We believe in breaking down the barriers that stand between people and prosperity. That’s why Eastern Bank is a strong advocate for the advancement of women,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “With each Targeted Grant, we aim to enhance the lives of our neighbors and contribute to real progress around the advancement of women in our local communities.”

Founded in 1818 and celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, Boston-based Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $11 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes, and for the eighth consecutive year is the #1 U.S. Small Business Administration lender in New England. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has exceeded more than $110 million in charitable giving since 1999. The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is a leader in corporate philanthropy and serves as the charitable arm of Eastern Bank. An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900+ deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities. Join us for good at and follow Eastern on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Bridgewell is a nonprofit social and human services organization dedicated to strengthening communities. Headquartered in Peabody, Mass., Bridgewell empowers people with disabilities and other life challenges to live safe, self-directed and productive lives. Bridgewell delivers support through community housing, day programs, outpatient treatment, recovery services, education and employment training. Bridgewell’s staff of more than 1,400 professionals serves approximately 6,300 people and their families. Bridgewell is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and fully licensed by the state. For more information, visit

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