Manasquan Savings Bank has joined 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.
“Our nation’s Veterans dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom and every chance to reward their bravery and service is an opportunity Manasquan Savings Bank can not pass up,” said James Vaccaro, Manasquan Savings Bank President and CEO. “Many of our community members are Veterans and we’re honored to support this important effort that will provide them with added safety, security and peace of mind.”
“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.
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 Manasquan Savings 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.
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.