[Hpn] Citizens Bank Pledges $175,000.00 to aid NHCEH in heating 40 shelters

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Fri, 18 Feb 2005 10:05:55 -0500


Febuary 18, 2005

Citizens Bank pledges $175K to aid state coalition in heating 40 homeless
shelters in New Hampshire

With skyrocketing heating bills this winter, Citizens Bank recently
announced an initiative to help defray this season's heating costs at area
homeless shelters. Heating costs have increased as much as 40 percent this
winter, resulting in budget strains on critical programs and services
offered to the homeless at area shelters.

The Citizens Bank Foundation will be providing a $175,000 lead gift to the
campaign to assist homeless shelters in each state in paying their winter
heating bills. In addition, Citizens is opening all it branches throughout
New England to collect donations from customers and the general public to
accept additional funds. Donations will be accepted at all 467 Citizens Bank
branches throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and
Connecticut, between now and March 31.

In New Hampshire, Citizens is partnering with The New Hampshire Coalition to
End Homelessness to raise funds for 40 shelters throughout the state. To
jump-start the program, the Citizens Bank Foundation has pledged $50,000
toward this effort.

New Hampshire shelters that will benefit from the donations are Bridges in
Nashua, Child and Family Services in Manchester, Community Action Program
Belknap and Merrimack Counties in Concord, Coos Family Health Services in
Berlin, Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, Families in Transition in
Manchester, Keystone Hall in Nashua, Harbor Homes in Nashua, Headrest in
Lebanon, Helping Hands Outreach Ministries in Manchester, Laconia Area
Community Land Trust Transitional Housing Program in Laconia, Merrimack
County Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Concord, My Friends Place
in Dover, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter in Nashua, New Beginnings - A
Women's Crisis Center in Laconia, New Generations in Greenland, New Horizons
for New Hampshire in Manchester, Open Arms Outreach in Laconia, Pemi Bridge
House in Plymouth, A Safe Place in Portsmouth, Southwestern Community
Services in Keene, Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and
Sexual Violence in Conway, The Friends Emergency Housing Program in Concord,
The Salvation Army in Laconia, McKenna House in Concord, The Support Center
at Burch House in Littleton, The Way Home in Manchester, Lynsey House
Shelter in Lancaster, Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, WISE (Women's
Information and Services) in Lebanon, Women's Crisis Services of the
Monadnock Region in Keene, Women's Support Services in Claremont, YWCA
Crisis Services in Manchester.

"Citizens is pleased to partner with The New Hampshire Coalition to End
Homelessness on this important initiative. The partnership helps cover the
additional funds needed this year by area shelters throughout the state,"
said Tom Metzger, President and CEO of Citizens Bank New Hampshire. "We
encourage all those who wish to contribute to stop by any Citizens Bank
branch in New England to show their support. Together, we can help ensure
our shelters are able to continue providing their services to those who need
them most."

New Hampshire area shelters expect to see a considerable increase in heating
costs this year over last. The latest numbers on homelessness in New
Hampshire are staggering. In the past year state-funded homeless shelters
provided temporary housing to more than 6,670 people, an increase of 14
percent from the year before. The number of homeless individuals seeking
first-time assistance from the state-funded emergency and transitional
shelters rose from 2,701 to 2,797, nearly 42 percent of all those sheltered.

"The generosity of the Citizens Bank Foundation and fellow New Hampshire
residents will literally help keep the doors of our shelters open to those
in need," said Keith Kuenning, executive director of The Coalition to End
Homelessness. "When operating expenses rise, essential services can suffer.
Thanks to Citizens, those staying at area shelters will continue to have a
meal, stay warm and be able to benefit from additional services to help them
find permanent housing."

In Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the funds raised will support Citizens
Energy Corporation's Shelter Winter Assistance Program (SWAP). Other housing
partners across New England include: MASSCAP in Massachusetts, which
received a $50,000 lead grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation; The Rhode
Island Coalition for the Homeless in Rhode Island, which received $50,000
from the Citizens Bank Foundation; and the Connecticut Coalition to End
Homelessness in Connecticut, which received $25,000 from the Citizens Bank

About The New Hampshire
Coalition to End Homelessness

The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness, through a united community
effort of advocacy and education, strives for the understanding and the
elimination of the multi-faceted causes of homelessness.

The NHCEH is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The Coalition's executive
director is Keith Kuenning, who can be reached at 774-5195 or

About Citizens Bank
New Hampshire
Citizens Bank New Hampshire is an $8.4 billion state-chartered, full-service
commercial bank headquartered in Manchester. It has 75 branches and 167 ATMs
located throughout the state, and is a major lending and commercial banking
services resource for the New Hampshire business community. It has more than
1,200 employees.
Citizens Bank of New Hampshire is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group,
Inc., a $131 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in
Providence, R.I. Citizens has more than 1,580 offices, approximately 2,800
ATMs and approximately 24,000 employees in 13 states. It operates in
Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and
Vermont. Citizens is the 12th largest commercial banking company in the
United States in asset size, and ninth when ranked by deposits. Citizens is
owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC). The Citizens Web site
is www.citizensbank.com.

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