Good Grief Awarded $10,000 Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

Good Grief Awarded $10,000 Major Grant from The Provident Bank Foundation

Melissa Parrish Testimonials

Good Grief announced it has received a Major Grant in the amount of $10,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to support their free In Community programming in Jersey City.

Good Grief was selected to receive the grant based on their program’s alignment with Provident Bank Foundation’s interest in improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in their communities, especially Jersey City where Provident Bank got its start.

Good Grief’s In Community program supports underserved, urban youth who have difficulty accessing grief resources outside of their community. This transportable program provides free support for children 6- to 18-years-old who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives, including a parent, sibling, guardian, mentor, or friend.

Isolation and loneliness are among the most frequently experienced effects of grief and loss. Through In Community, grieving kids and adults get to be with others who understand their experience. Good Grief’s peer support model helps participants by reducing isolation and creating a safe environment where they can develop healthy coping strategies that promote resilience and hope.

Good Grief’s In Community program is free to families thanks in part to generous support from funders like Provident Bank Foundation, and from community partners that host each program cycle. Good Grief’s next In Community cycle will begin in September 2019, at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic School on Bramhall Avenue. Winter and spring cycles are planned to begin in January and March 2020.  Good Grief’s vision is to make In Community available to urban communities throughout NJ.

Joe Primo, Good Grief’s CEO gratefully received the check stating, “We are honored to work with The Provident Bank Foundation and to provide support to children and families in Jersey City. The Provident Bank Foundation’s gift will allow Good Grief to provide its nationally respected programs to those who cannot access its centers. Together we are empowering a community to change the outcome of children and families impacted by grief and loss. We hope every member of the community will tell a child and family in need of support that we are here to help.”

Good Grief received the check during a presentation on August 21, 2019, at 1 p.m. at their Morristown, NJ center.

“The Provident Bank Foundation is honored to help further initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of residents in our local area,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “We are pleased to support organizations that contribute to a sense of community and offer a diverse set of programs that make people healthier, happier and safer.”

The goal of the Major Grant is to support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and for the individuals they serve. The Provident Bank Foundation’s funding directly supports efforts to enhance the quality of life in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania communities served by Provident Bank through three Funding Priority Areas: Community Enrichment, Education, and Health, Youth & Families.

For more information about Good Grief, visit

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About Good Grief

Good Grief is respected as a national leader in delivering grief services to children and their families.  It is the leading provider of these services in New Jersey, serving over 1,000 children since its founding in 2004.  Good Grief is a registered 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization whose mission is to provide unlimited, free support to children, teens and families after the death of a parent or sibling. Supporting more than 160 communities, we operate programs in Morristown, Princeton, Jersey City, and Newark. For more information about Good Grief, please visit our web site

About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $25 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. For more information, visit or call (862) 260-3990.