Reliance Bank proudly donated $10,000 to the Joshua House in Tyrone, PA. Jim Kilmartin founded the Joshua House 20 years ago in 1998. The Joshua House is a community center where kids and teens can learn, grow, and find purpose.
Since 2001, the Joshua House has hosted a local 3-on-3 basketball tournament called HoopsFest, which has grown into the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Central Pennsylvania. To accommodate the growing interest, HoopsFest expanded in 2017 to include two tournaments – one in Tyrone, and one in Altoona.
The Joshua House also organizes the Cross-Town Basketball League, which is available to students in grades 7-12 who do not play on a school basketball team. The league makes playing in an organized basketball league possible for teens of all skill levels. The league provides a safe place for teens to build relationships, stay physically fit, and be positively impacted by dedicated coaches.
In order to support the increasing interest in their various basketball programs, the Joshua House purchased an armory and renovated it into a basketball facility. Reliance Bank, which strongly endorses Joshua House’s goal to motivate and inspire the youth of our community, made its donation in order to defray the costs of the armory renovation. We are excited to see how this expansion will continue to develop the mission of Joshua House in years to come!
Reliance Bank proudly announces its support along with the Blair/Bedford Builders Association to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Altoona.
“Community is woven through the DNA of Reliance Bank,” commented Dennis E. Doll, President and CEO of Reliance Bank. “We had the ground available and the Builders Association has always been an organization in which we play a key role.” Doll and the dedicated team at Reliance Bank have the trust and respect of the builders and Habitat.
Reliance Bank will work with the builders and other community members to help build this new home. The lot, located at 1814-20 Third Avenue, Altoona, will become home to a well deserving family by year end 2017.
Allen McManus, Executive Director of the local Habitat office, said, “Habitat is very thankful for Reliance Bank’s support, both with the vacant lot as well as their manual labor.” McManus will organize the efforts of the build. Dave DeBiase, Executive Officer of the Blair/Bedford Builders Association, stated, “With Reliance Bank’s support, and that of the many builder members in our community, we are confident that this new home will be solid and a source of many family memories for years to come!”
Habitat for Humanity Blair County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.