Dressing down benefits Hospitality House

Jan 21, 2014
Presenting a check in the recently renovated community room is Doria Morrison, The First, Rockland Union Street teller; Denise Giese, Hospitality House executive director and Alicia Costa, assistant branch manager, The First, Rockland Union Street.

Rockland — Employees of The First, N.A. recently raised $626 for the Hospitality House, located on Old County Road in Rockland.

Bank employees in all 16 branch locations collected the funds in exchange for the privilege of dressing casually on Fridays in December.

The Hospitality House, established in 1989, is a 23-bed shelter that is close to reopening its doors under the umbrella of the Knox County Homeless Coalition. The Coalition recently hired Denise Giese as the new executive director.

“We are so grateful to the local community for their outpouring of support both manually and financially,” said Geise in a news release.

Unlike other shelters that require people to vacate during daytime hours, the Hospitality House will be open 24 hours a day and serve as a regional resource center for homeless and low-income individuals to seek support.

Anyone interested in volunteering or making donations can call Denise directly at 593-8151 or visit midcoast-hospitality-house.org. Some immediate needs include adult and children fiction books for the community room and non perishable food items for the kitchen pantry.

Since 1995, employees of The First have been dressing casually on Fridays in support of charitable organizations throughout their market areas in Maine. Each participating employee contributes $1 to the Casual for a Cause fund in exchange for the privilege of dressing casually.

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