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TASI ®Bank branch manager Shirley Quitugua was honored by Good Shepherd Gracenter at its annual fundraising gala for her continuing efforts on behalf of the organization that is dedicated to helping women maintain their sobriety from drug and alcohol addiction.

Founded in 1987, Gracenter has recently completed a four-year project to expand its capacity to serve women in recovery and help them return to their communities.

“Women that we serve are incredibly motivated and demonstrate a fierce determination to succeed,” said executive director Sister Marguerite Bartling and Sister Anne Kelley, “and form a real sisterhood.”

The fundraising event, held at the Basque Cultural Center, was highlighted by an auction and musical entertainment. “We at Gracenter were so happy to ‘Sing with a Grateful for Song’ for Shirley and TASI Bank,” said the sisters.

TASI Bank also was honored with the Amazing Grace Award for its support of Gracenter. 

Quitugua began her involvement with Gracenter in 2009 in honor of her father’s example and commitment. “Gracenter, which is entirely funded by private donations, fills a community need that we are proud to support,” she said. 

Good Shepherd Gracenter is open to women who desire to maintain their sobriety from alcohol and drug addiction. Admission is based on one’s determination to succeed in maintaining sobriety rather than the ability to pay because the participant fees are on a sliding scale, based on one’s income.

Gracenter is in the process of obtaining final permits to increase its capacity for full-time residents from 13 to 18. Program participants can reside at the facility for up to two years.