Grant Awarded to Support Mental Health Association of Monmouth County Programs

Investors Bank Foundation recently awarded a two year grant in the amount $15,000 to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA), in support of its Red Bank Resource Network (RBRN) and Sandy Wellness Program. This funding will help MHA continue to provide local residents and Superstorm Sandy impacted families and individuals with free mental health counseling and expert information and referral services.

“We are honored to have Investors Bank Foundation as a corporate community partner and truly grateful to have received such a generous grant that will help us with sustainability through 2017. Thanks to Investors Bank Foundation, the Red Bank community and Monmouth County residents will continue to receive the vital programs and services that are provided daily at the RBRN/Sandy Wellness Program location. Our generous RBRN supporters help us fulfill our mission of helping our community to have healthier lives,” said MHA Executive Director Wendy DePedro.

RBRN, a community walk-in center, is unique in that both licensed mental health counselors and expert information and referral specialists are providing services in one location. RBRN is a community organization seeking to strengthen families and communities by offering bilingual assistance with applications, such as the Affordable Care Act, NJ Family Care/Medicaid, SNAP (aka food stamps), housing, utility, and employment. RBRN staff provides links with social services and job search assistance, as well as hosting a business center with computers, fax, and internet for use at no cost.

RBRN and the Sandy Wellness Counseling are programs of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. For more information about RBRN, please call 732-383-5135 or visit To make an appointment with a Sandy Wellness Counselor, please call 732-542-6422.

Photo Caption (from left to right):
MHA Operating Board President Thomas Schember; MHA Executive Director Wendy DePedro; Nancy Tighe, Coordinator & Clinician Sandy Wellness Program; Deanna Sovern, RBRN Director of Community Based Services; MHA Operating Board Member and Investors Bank Home Mortgage Relationship Manager John Gibney