Bank Foundation Supports Josephine’s Place

ELIZABETH – The Provident Bank Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Josephine’s Place, a storefront women’s center that serves nearly 400 women each year from economically disadvantaged areas. The center provides resources to help women develop the skills they need to succeed and opportunities for interaction.

“Our goal is to help empower women to realize their gifts and their full potential, enabling them to create a better life for themselves and their families,” said Sister Judith Mertz. “We are grateful for the support of The Provident Bank Foundation because it shows that they value a center for women.”


Josephine’s Place is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Programs and activities are offered based on the needs of its members, including English as a second language, sewing, quilting, yoga and other exercise classes, to name a few. The center also hosts support groups for mothers with autistic children and victims of domestic violence.

The donation from The Provident Bank Foundation will support general operations at Josephine’s Place, or as Sister Mertz describes, “it supports the dream and continues the vision.”

“It’s important to have a place in the community for women to come together and feel that it’s really their own,” said Kendall Warsaw, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are proud to support Josephine’s Place and its mission to help women learn new skills while building camaraderie with others going through similar experiences.”

More information about Josephine’s Place is available at

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