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West Shore Bank Receives Veterans Support Award


Recently West Shore Bank, in partnership with the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and the American Bankers Association (ABA), made the decision to participate in a national Veterans Initiative which ensures that 40,000 Veterans living in 160 state Veteran nursing homes 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.

As a result, the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF) has chosen West Shore Bank as one of the first recipients in the country to receive the Veterans Support Award which honors the bank’s commitment to help protect our nation’s elderly Veterans.  The award will be presented by George Clinard, Vice President of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, during a ceremony held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at West Shore Bank’s Downtown Office, located at 201 W. Loomis Street, which will highlight West Shore Bank’s participation in this initiative.  

“West Shore Bank is proud to be a part of this national initiative,” stated Raymond Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank.  “What better way to thank our brave servicemen and women who dedicated their lives to our safety than to ensure their safety and security now.  This Foundation is doing wonderful things to give back to people who’ve given us so much and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to make a difference in our Veteran’s lives.”

The Senior Crimestoppers program is a proprietary operation of the SHCPF, a national organization which was established to provide a vehicle 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 West Shore 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 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.

Additionally, Louis Wolven, President of Mason County Allied Veterans Council, announced their Council’s endorsement of this program.  “We would like to acknowledge and thank West Shore Bank for their support of this program.  It not only helps Veterans by assuring their safety, but it also assures family members that their loved ones have a way of protecting their valuables as well.”

To learn more about the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation and their efforts, click here.

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