Quality, integrity, and unmatched customer service.

The foundation of success.

M1BTo craft a quality home or development, you need more than just skilled labor and the right materials; you need a strong foundation on which to build. Brendon Homes – the quality home builder of choice for high end homes in the MetroWest area – has built upon a foundation of quality, integrity, and service for more than 25 years. That foundation is why the firm, which crafts condominiums, townhomes, developments, and luxury residences, has managed something that few builders have been able to do in recent years – grow.

Founder and President Kevin Giblin believes that the firm’s success would not have been possible without the support of their trusted banking partner, MutualOne. “MutualOne has always had a strong interest in helping us succeed. At a time when other banks weren’t lending, they were there for us. They have supported our plans and are always creative in helping structure financing to accommodate our needs. We have mutual respect with MutualOne,” said Kevin.

Brendon Giblin, Vice President of Brendon Homes, who works alongside his father, adds, “When the economy got challenging, we didn’t scale back; we adjusted our business model and used it as an opportunity for growth, aided by MutualOne Bank.”
The strong working relationship between Brendon Homes and MutualOne has resulted in the construction of several luxury homes and new housing developments that help strengthen local communities, including Deerfoot Estates, a luxury home development in Southborough.

Ready for a banking relationship to support your business growth? Call Michael Bilinsky at 508.532.8305 or Steven J. Sousa at 508.532.8308 today. To learn more about the extraordinary work of Brendon Homes, visit BrendonHomes.com.

“I wouldn’t build a home I wouldn’t be proud to live in myself.”
— Kevin Giblin, President, Brendon Homes

Home Depot® Data Breach

As you may have heard, Home Depot is investigating the theft of credit and debit card data from its payment systems. We have been informed that there is potential risk for transactions completed at Home Depot stores between April 11 and September 7, 2014. This announcement is yet another example of why it’s always important to monitor your accounts.

Where can I learn more about the breach and Home Depot’s response?
Home Depot released a preliminary announcement that it is working with law enforcement to investigate the breach. Check the Home Depot media center for updates.

How can I find out if my card was affected?
At this time, there is no need for customers to call us. We will receive a list of potentially compromised cards and we will contact you.

Should I reset my PIN?
The investigation is open and has not yet confirmed if PIN information was compromised. However, it is good practice to reset your card’s PIN periodically.

Should I cancel my card?
There is no need to cancel your card. We will automatically reissue your card if it was affected.

What should I do if I see suspicious charges on my account?
Monitor your account(s) and review your monthly statements carefully. Notify us immediately if you see any unauthorized activity by calling 508.820.4000.

If my card has been compromised, will MutualOne Bank reissue my card?
Yes. If we find your card has been compromised, we will send you a new card with a new number.

MutualOne Foundation supports literacy program at Framingham’s Barbieri school

With its recent $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) will help up to 400 students in grades 1-3 at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham develop literacy skills while learning compassion and respect for people, animals and the environment.

The school-based program aimed at underserved populations will provide books for the children to use in the classroom and to take home to build a personal library. It will also provide teacher instructional materials and parent guides in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation will be acknowledged on a book plate that each student personalizes and places in their books. The book plate contains a promise: “I pledge to be kind to people, animals, and the environment.”

Based in Holliston, OO-USA has provided literacy programs used in schools in all 50 states and has reached more than 1.2 million children and distributed more than 2.4 million books at no cost to schools or families.

Students helped celebrate the $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant to Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) to support the development of literacy skills for students in grades 1-3 at the Barbieri Elementary School. With the students are, from left, Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Judith Golden, president of OO-USA; Dr. Susan J. McGilvray-Rivet, Barbieri principal;  teacher Sarah Pogson; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Jennifer Faber, assistant principal.

Students helped celebrate the $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant to Operation Outreach-USA (OO-USA) to support the development of literacy skills for students in grades 1-3 at the Barbieri Elementary School. With the students are, from left, Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Judith Golden, president of OO-USA; Dr. Susan J. McGilvray-Rivet, Barbieri principal; teacher Sarah Pogson; Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street-Framingham branch; and Jennifer Faber, assistant principal.

MutualOne Foundation purchases 10 iPads for Ashland High School

AEFIRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $4,790 to the Ashland Education Foundation, Inc. (AEFI) for the purchase of 10 iPad Airs to give students at Ashland High School access to mobile learning technology.

“Before this campaign, students at Ashland High School were the only ones in the town’s public school system without access to mobile technology,” said Lamprey. “The MutualOne Charitable Foundation was happy to help close the gap.”

“The AEFI is grateful for the continued support from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. Their donations to our educational community through the AEFI have helped us make significant impact directly in the classroom and to the daily lives of our students and teachers,” said Dr. Leslie Marci, AEFI president.

Foundation supports renovation project at Greater Framingham Community Church

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Greater Framingham Community Church in support of renovations currently underway including roofing, exterior repairs, and major accessibility upgrades.

“We are thankful for this donation which will help us create the Academic Learning Resource Center to serve the greater Framingham communities in preparing youth to succeed in education,” stated Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor.

A $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant supporting renovations underway at Greater Framingham Community Church is celebrated by the Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor; Rachel Stewart (left), the Foundation’s administrative director; and Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street branch in Framingham.

A $5,000 MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant supporting renovations underway at Greater Framingham Community Church is celebrated by the Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, pastor; Rachel Stewart (left), the Foundation’s administrative director; and Yasmine Ouweijan, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Concord Street branch in Framingham.

Second $10,000 award from MutualOne to The Center for the Arts in Natick

Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has made the second $10,000 installment of a three-year $30,000 pledge to The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN).

The commitment to TCAN’s capital campaign supports the expansion of performance space through the renovation and restoration of the second floor of its Summer Street location.

The refurbished second floor will feature a performance hall that can be configured for film screenings, music or theater performances, cabaret style events, and a variety of other functions.

“MutualOne is pleased to invest in an initiative that will enhance the vibrancy of Natick’s downtown area and happy to support TCAN’s commitment to the arts,” said Lamprey.

Steven M. Sousa (left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, met recently with David Lavalley, executive director of The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), to present the second installment of the Foundation’s three-year $30,000 TCAN pledge.

Steven M. Sousa (left), executive vice president and chief operating officer of MutualOne Bank and a MutualOne Charitable Foundation trustee, and Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation, met recently with David Lavalley, executive director of The Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN), to present the second installment of the Foundation’s three-year $30,000 TCAN pledge.

Youth at Wayside Campus helped by $3,500 grant from MutualOne Foundation

A recent $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will enhance the quality of recreational and therapeutic treatment for adolescents at the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Wayside Campus in Framingham.

According to Marisa Rowe, Wayside director of development & marketing, the award will be used to purchase sports and recreational equipment for the Wayside Campus gymnasium, to cover youth fees for Town recreational activities, and to purchase a yoga program specifically designed for children with behavioral and emotional problems.

“The Wayside campus serves more than 600 youth each year, with the goal of successfully transitioning them back to a community setting with their peers and families,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in its efforts to make that happen.”

“We are so grateful to receive this grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation that will provide funding for recreational opportunities for at-risk teens,” said Eric L. Masi, Ed.D, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network president & CEO. “The grant will give Wayside youth the chance to participate in town sports leagues and will allow us to develop a therapeutic yoga program and to purchase athletic equipment for children with special needs.”

A $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to enhance recreational and therapeutic treatment for youth at the Wayside Campus of the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is celebrated by (l to r): Jacob Hanson, assistant program director (holding a specially designed mat used in the yoga program); Marisa Rowe, director of development and marketing; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; and Bretton Torkelson, Wayside Campus clinician.

A $3,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to enhance recreational and therapeutic treatment for youth at the Wayside Campus of the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network is celebrated by (l to r): Jacob Hanson, assistant program director (holding a specially designed mat used in the yoga program); Marisa Rowe, director of development and marketing; Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; and Bretton Torkelson, Wayside Campus clinician.

Foundation awards $2,000 to support 2014 Framingham House Tour

The recent $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center helped support the Center’s 13th Annual House Tour held on May 18th.

This year’s tour featured an Arts and Culture theme with local homes that “inspired, reflected, and showcased the creativity of their owners who included painters, potters, inventors, sculptors, collectors, designers and craftsmen,” according to the Center. Over 500 visitors attended. This event is the Center’s largest fundraiser and supports the organization’s educational programming, preservation efforts and community celebrations.

History Center

Displaying a ceremonial check representing the $2,000 award from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center in support of the 13th Annual House Tour are (from left) Rachel Stewart, administrative director of the Foundation; Nancy Devine, vice president, MutualOne Bank; and Annie Murphy, executive director of the History Center.

$7,000 Foundation grant will enhance Reed Academy programs

The MutualOne Charitable Foundation recently awarded $7,000 to Reed Academy in Framingham for the purchase of iPads for student use in technology education and theater/creative arts programs.

Reed Academy provides educational opportunities to special needs students who, due to their severe disabilities, are not able to be educated in the Framingham and Natick public schools. The Academy provides intense therapeutic and educational services to students and their families through a five-day residential program, an extended day program, and an extended year program, as well as a summer program.

Reed Academy Special Education Administrator Mary Crawford (far left), Executive Director Edward Cohen (far right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (next to Cohen), and Reed Academy students celebrate the Foundation’s recent $7,000 award.

Reed Academy Special Education Administrator Mary Crawford (far left), Executive Director Edward Cohen (far right), MutualOne Charitable Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (next to Cohen), and Reed Academy students celebrate the Foundation’s recent $7,000 award.

Foundation awards $7,500 to Jewish Family Service

jfsRobert P. Lamprey, chairman of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, announced today that the Foundation has awarded $7,500 to Jewish Family Service of Metrowest to support the continuation of a Patient Navigator pilot program focusing on health and wellness for seniors in Framingham, Natick and adjoining communities.

The Patient Navigator program provides trained volunteers to accompany local seniors in need of assistance to doctors’ appointments and medical procedures, providing a written summary of each appointment for the benefit of the patient and his or her family’s caregiver. The volunteers also assess the vital needs of the patients they serve and facilitate access to additional resources and services required by the patient through Jewish Family Service or from within the community.

“MutualOne’s continuing support allows Jewish Family Service to stand up for frail elders who have significant health and community challenges. Patient Navigator is a one of its kind program in Metrowest, and we are appreciative of the Foundation’s courage to support a new model for caring for our community’s frail elders,” said Marc Jacobs, CEO, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest.

“We were pleased to provide Jewish Family Service with a 2013 grant that helped make the medical escort program operational,” said Lamprey. “We are impressed with the program’s success, and happy to contribute to that success.”