First Financial Bank grants money and talent to support financial literacy

February 8, 2013

CINCINNATI-First Financial Bank gifted Talbert House $5,700 to organize a learning center and establish a financial literacy program for the residents of Parkway Center. The grant will be used to purchase three computers and six classroom-style tables. In addition, First Financial Bank will provide a detailed curriculum and volunteer support to faciliate financial literacy workshops.

Talbert House

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Mark Caesar, First Financial Bank; Tracy Wells, Talbert House; Sheila Etchen, First Financial Bank; Neil Tilow, Talbert House; Larry Mulligan, First Financial Bank; Brenda White, Talbert House; Michael Schepers, Talbert House; Adrian Breen, First Financial Bank

"Financial education is a key component of First Financial's community development approach and we're proud to partner with Talbert House to help local residents build the foundation needed to help them obtain their financial goals," said Adrian Breen, First Financial's Greater Cincinnati/Kentucky regional president. "We hope the program will open new doors for local residents and help them build a better future."

Parkway Center provides transitional housing for homeless men. Last year the center served over 330 men, many who are Veterans. Parkway Center provides meals, employment and substance abuse services, and assistance for residents to transition back into their communities and find safe, affordable housing.

The First Financial Bank vision is to increase financial literacy for all ages and provide educational opportunities specifically for the economically disadvantaged. This project accomplishes their vision and supports the Talbert House mission of improving social behavior and enhancing personal recovery and growth.

Talbert House acknowledged First Financial's gift and support of this project at the site of the proposed learning center, which is now under renovation. "We appreciate this opportunity to collaborate with First Financial Bank. This program will help our residents meet their goal of self-sufficiency. We thank First Financial Bank for providing the tools and education needed for these men to accomplish financial stability," said Neil Tilow, President and CEO of Talbert House.

First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $6.5 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $5.0 billion in deposits and $710 million in shareholders' equity. The Company's subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management. The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.3 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012. The Company's strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 124 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at

Talbert House is a community-wide nonprofit that operates within five service lines: Adult Behavioral Health, Community Care, Court and Corrections, Housing, and Youth Behavioral Health. Children, adults and families benefit from these proven services. Each year, Talbert House serves over 31,000 clients face to face and an additional 51,000 are reached through prevention services throughout Greater Cincinnati. The Talbert House mission has two basic purposes: to improve social behavior and enhance personal recovery and growth.