Peabody,  September 28 2018

Citizens Inn receives $10,000 grant from Eastern Bank

Taylor Sparkas of Eastern Bank (left) recently presented a $10,000 check to Citizens Inn Development Officer Gianna Langis for a Targeted Grant to advance women. (Courtesy Photo)

Citizens Inn, a local nonprofit that works to help families and individuals who are experiencing a housing crisis or food insecurity, recently announced it has received a $10,000 Targeted Grant from Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank. The grant will support two of Citizens Inn’s cornerstone initiatives: the Career Link Program and the Yoga, Wellness and Nutrition Program.

Career Link was designed to help its residents return to work faster, by offering small scholarships to break down common unemployment barriers, such as lack of transportation or proper attire/uniform. The impact of these scholarships is immediate and tangible in helping women return to work and provide for their families.

The Yoga, Wellness & Nutrition Program empowers women by offering simple and effective ways to care for themselves and their families, while fostering greater communication, confidence and community. The program holds trauma-informed yoga and healthy cooking classes, as well as complementary mind-body activities, such as vision boarding.

Each year Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation’s Targeted Grant program supports hundreds of community-based organizations working for progress on a specific issue in eastern New England’s footprint. In 2018, in celebration of the 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. Citizens Inn is among 170 nonprofits each receiving a $10,000 grant. In total, Eastern is granting $1.7 million in Targeted Grants this year to nonprofits in communities from New Hampshire to Cape Cod and throughout the South Shore, North Shore, Metro West, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston.

“It is critical to our mission that we not only provide our clients with a safe place to stay, but that we also offer programming designed to empower them for long-term stability,” said Citizens Inn Executive Director Corey Jackson. “As we continue to build on our strong foundation of providing critical services to our clients, we are deeply grateful to Eastern Bank for supporting our work.”

Eastern’s Targeted Grant program this year creates new opportunities and resources for women in areas where assistance is needed the most. The facts are staggering: A woman is assaulted every nine seconds in the United States, and one in three women has been a victim of physical brutality by an intimate partner, making intimate partner violence the single greatest cause of injury to women.

  • In Massachusetts women earn 83 cents for every dollar paid to men. In New Hampshire they earn 76 cents. African-American women nationwide earn 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas, only 56 cents.
    • In the sciences women represent less than 25% of those employed in computer and mathematical occupations and only 15% in architecture and engineering. For women of color, this gap is even wider. Asian women, African-American women, and Latinas make up less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States.
  • Women receive more graduate degrees, and they hold more faculty positions in colleges and universities; yet men hold the highest number of tenured university positions.
  • Only 32 women run Fortune 500 companies, and only two are women of color. Less than 20 percent of all board seats in Fortune 1,000 companies are held by women.

“We believe in breaking down the barriers that stand between people and prosperity. That’s why Eastern is a strong advocate for the advancement of women,” said Eastern Bank Chairman/CEO Robert Rivers. “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. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate this year’s Targeted Grant recipients and thank them for working to level the playing field.”

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