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Building Hope: Mid Penn Bank supports progress at Village of Hope with $50k award

Henry McCarty

Mar 1, 2024

From left to right, Mid Penn Commercial Relationship Manager Dan Baronick, MR CEO Kathy Gillespie, Mid Penn Relationship Manager Vicki Myers, Mid Penn Director of Trust and Wealth Management Joseph Paese.

WEST DECATUR, PA. – Mid Penn Bank, a comprehensive financial services company operating in 19 counties throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has awarded Village of Hope a $50,000 grant through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). This funding will be used to fund, in part, the construction of a kinship family home within the Village of Hope site near West Decatur, PA, along Route 322 in Clearfield County.


Kinship families predominantly consist of grandparents raising grandchildren or greatgrandchildren, others raising children of their close relatives, and those in similar situations where family members step in to assist in childrearing when biological parents are not able to be fully present.  Almost three-million children live in grandparent-headed homes and over one-million of these children have no parent present in the home, according to census data stretching all the way back to 2010.


Mid Penn’s support in providing a newly constructed two-bedroom, three-bathroom house that a kinship family in-need can call home, also helps to support the overall mission of Village of Hope. Village of Hope is situated on nearly 50 acres in Wallaceton Borough and Boggs Township, Clearfield County near West Decatur. It is an inclusive M.A.G.I.C. Community (multi-ability, multi-generational, inclusive, community) where individuals of all ages and abilities are welcomed and appreciated as unique and important to the overall functioning of the community. The mission is to provide more options outside of traditional assisted living or nursing home environments for people who can live independently but may need some assistance with daily tasks. This may include individuals experiencing cognitive changes, adult children with disabilities, and grandparents raising grandchildren, as well as families and single individuals.


“Mid Penn Bank is helping to change aging, change lives of children, and to provide ways that people of all abilities and ages can live with dignity and independence,” said Mature Resources Village of Hope CEO Kathleen Gillespie. “Their support and partnership will aid us in our mission to offer a home, and a safe place to live and grow, for all members of our community.”


Mid Penn Bank reinvests a portion of its income in local organizations and causes including health and human services, education, and the arts. Mid Penn also offers a special First Responders Donation Program to thank the fire companies, ambulance associations, and other organizations that protect and serve local communities.


According to Mid Penn Bank, the company was originally founded in 1868 as The Millersburg Trust Company in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. It has since expanded from a small community bank to a financial services company operating in diverse markets in 49 locations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mid Penn offers a wide array of options for banking, financing, and planning to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit 


For more information on Village of Hope, visit 

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