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Milford Federal Protects Vets with Crime Prevention Program in VA Homes

Dec 15, 2014 12:27PM, Published by Pamela Johnson, Categories: Business, Seniors, Today, Community



Milford Federal Savings and Loan Association has partnered with the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the American Bankers Association (ABA) to ensure that 40,000 Veterans living in 160 state Veteran nursing homes in the U.S. are able to live out their lives in safe, secure, enhanced quality of life environments free from the daily fear of crime, abuse, neglect, hostility and deprivation of personal freedom, as provided through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation’s Senior Crimestoppers program.

“We are proud to support the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation in their efforts toward providing the nationally-acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program to every Veterans nursing home in the nation at no cost to the facilities or their residents,” said Milford Federal President and CEO Cynthia Casey. “We honor our nation’s service men and women and are grateful for their service to our country.”

“Protecting our nation’s 40,000 elderly veterans living in long-term care is a need that must be addressed, and I can’t think of a better way to get this done than by asking every bank in the country to allocate a portion of their annual Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) budget to securing the Foundation’s successful Senior Crimestoppers program,” said SHCPF Chairman, President & CEO Peter K. Gwaltney.

 “America’s servicemen and women dedicate their lives to ensuring our freedom and making our country a safer place to live.  Our nation’s more than 7,000 community banks are proud to call
many of these Veterans customers and serve them in cities and towns throughout Main Street America,” said Gary Teagno, president and CEO of the Services Network for the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).  “ICBA is pleased to support this important effort that will provide our Veterans with peace of mind, safety and security.” 

The Senior Crimestoppers program is a proprietary operation of the SHCPF, a national organization which was established to provide a way for banks to earn CRA credit through support of nursing home residents, who are classified as low-to-moderate income individuals. 

Senior Crimestoppers is built on a zero tolerance-to-crime platform that is vigilantly maintained for the residents, staff, management and visitors. Each resident is provided their own personal lock box to safeguard valuables. In addition, cash rewards up to $1,000 are posted on every
crime incident that is reported to the SCS call center. Rewards are paid anonymously to tipsters having information about the crime incident reported. In addition, all facilities in the program display a membership charter and are provided regular in-service training for residents, staff and management together with employee oath sheets, yard signs and quarterly reporting of crime prevention status.

Because of Milford Federal, each Veteran resident will be provided a specially designed Veterans personal lock box. In addition, SHCPF will provide each state Veterans nursing home with its annual Time of Your Life video exhibit for the resident’s enjoyment and each facility will receive an annual cash contribution for a Wish Comes True grant to be given to select Veterans.

For more information regarding the Veterans Initiative or the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, please contact Terry Rooker at 877-232-0859 or visit us on our website at www.SHCPFoundation.org.  For more information about the Senior Crimestoppers program, please visit www.seniorcrimestoppers.org

Established in 1887, Milford Federal Savings & Loan has been assisting its neighbors and friends for 127 years. Serving the greater Milford and Blackstone Valley areas in Massachusetts and Northern RI, it has four conveniently located offices in Milford and Whitinsville Massachusetts and Woonsocket, RI and can also be found on the Internet at MilfordFederal.com



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