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Judi Window, St. Mary's Bank community outreach coordinator, right, presents a $3,000 grant to Sr. Jacqueline Verville, executive director of the Holy Cross Family Learning Center. The grant will be put towards English as a Second Language classes for Manchester refugees. (Courtesy)

St. Mary's Bank grant to help learning center


MANCHESTER — St. Mary’s Bank recently presented a $3,000 grant to the Holy Cross Family Learning Center (HCFLC) in Manchester. The grant will be used to support English as a Second Language classes for the refugees and people of diverse cultures who gather to study English, begin their path to citizenship, and develop workforce skills through hands-on training.

The grant was awarded from the credit union’s 1908 Fund. These funds are awarded for the purpose of providing programs and support to organizations to move families and individuals toward financial independence.

“Learning English removes barriers and can be the first step towards financial independence,” said Judi Window, St. Mary’s Bank’s community outreach coordinator and vice chairperson of the HCFLC Board of Directors. “Grants awarded from the 1908 Fund honor the credit union’s rich history and mission of providing access to financial products and services for all, including immigrant populations,” said Window. St. Mary’s Bank was founded in 1908 and primarily served the French immigrant population on the West Side of Manchester. Today, St. Mary’s Bank continues to support financial literacy and education for the diverse residents of Greater Manchester.

Sr. Jacqueline Verville, HCFLC’s founder and executive director, said that “this grant will surely benefit the students we serve who are striving to master English skills and the U.S. culture. We are a donation-driven program and are always most grateful for any funding.”

The HCFLC is a place where people of diverse cultures from the City of Manchester come together to initiate or to continue their education. As a part of this learning, they participate in helping to develop the center as a place where family values are strengthened, community building is fostered, literacy is nourished, academic performance is raised, and diversity is respected and celebrated. HCFLC seeks to respond to the needs of the growing immigrant and refugee population of the Greater Manchester area, especially on Manchester’s West Side.

A grant-driven program, HCFLC relies on the generosity and support of the Sisters of Holy Cross, benefactors, monetary gifts and in-kind donations.

St. Mary’s Bank is the first credit union in the nation. The bank makes progressive financial products and services available and affordable to consumers and businesses. Headquartered in Manchester, St. Mary’s Bank has locations in Manchester, Hudson, Londonderry, Milford, Nashua and Concord.