First Citrus Bank Protects Veterans with Crime Prevention Program in Tampa Bay Veterans Homes

Nov 04, 2015

 


FCB Crime Stoppers  

First Citrus Bank has been a partner with the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the American Bankers Association (ABA) to do our part to ensure that Veterans living in Tampa Bay 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.

“At First Citrus Bank, we are dedicated to providing the Veterans of Tampa Bay with the respect and service they rightfully deserve. We could not be more proud and enthusiastic to support this amazing program and our local Vets,” said Jack Barrett, President and CEO of First Citrus Bank.

“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 in their bank’s assessment area,” said SHCPF Chairman, President & CEO Edward J. Genry.

 “America’s servicemen and women dedicate their lives to ensuring our freedom and making our country a safer place to live.  Our nation’s approximately 7,000 community banks are proud to call many of these Veterans customers and serve their 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 program 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.  

Protecting Veterans

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 First Citrus Bank, 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 series 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 when the Veterans home is sponsored by a local bank.

For more information regarding how to protect Veterans in your community or the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, please contact us at 877-232-0859 or visit us at www.SHCPFoundation.org.  For more information about the Senior Crimestoppers program, please visit www.seniorcrimestoppers.org or call 800-529-9096. 

For more information First Citrus Bank, please contact:
Sarah Perez, Marketing Manager 813.925.5864                                         

About The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF)

The Foundation serves as a way for banks to earn CRA credit in the form of CRA-qualified loans, investments or grants through the operation of the nationally acclaimed Senior Crimestopper’s program. Funded exclusively by the banking industry, this program provides safe, secure and improved quality of life living environments in low and moderate income senior housing facilities, HUD communities and our nation’s Veterans homes. Banks enjoy guaranteed CRA credit, no administrative burden, installation of a turn-key program, and positive public relations exposure in their communities. 

Not only does the Foundation impact the lives of the elderly and Veterans, we also impact the community outside of the long-term care industry through the CRA-qualified securities we purchase on behalf of our bank partners. As September 31, 2015 the community impact has reached approximately $183 Million which goes to provide affordable home mortgages for low-to-moderate income families, affordable healthcare services, small business development providing job creation, as well as other economic development projects.

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