LONG BRANCH: Just before Christmas the Men Make a Difference together with the NAACP of Long Branch had a special breakfast at Second Baptist Church, a continuing program as the groups build the organization and structure to benefit the community and its families. Reverend Aaron Gibson offered the Invocation.
Men Make A Difference and the NAACP partner in programs which emphasis the importance of men of all ages contributing to the wellbeing of the community with particular focus on the youth, the present and future generations of leaders in the many facets of community life, family and among neighbors and friends. The programs have enjoyed success in other municipalities in the state and have begun a strong following in the Long Branch area, including Asbury Park and Red Bank.
Featured at the December meeting was a well-received discussion presented by TD Bank about first time home buying. The bank has offered special assistance lending loans to help those home buyers to get started, a difficult challenge for many as they seek to buy their first homes and obtain financing. Also featured was the Men Make a Difference band, brought together by musicians who believe in the mm@d goals.
The TD Bank said it is somewhat unique in offering the getting started financing plan so future home owners can raise the down payment to get their mortgages going, and with typically affordable payments schedule on the "down-payment" borrowings. They said they work with borrowers very flexibly in order to help them move toward their home buying efforts.
In the photograph are NAACP Director "Bill" Dangler, the two TD speakers in the center and John Blanton of mm@d. "They all make a difference", one breakfast attendee told WOTS.