Groundbreaking ceremony held for Inter-Faith Council at SECU Community House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC (May 12, 2014) — SECU Foundation officials and State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) volunteers and staff recently attended the groundbreaking of the new Inter-Faith Council at SECU Community House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  In partnership with Inter-Faith Council (IFC) for Social Service, Credit Union members provided a $1 million grant for construction of the House, a transitional housing facility for men in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.  McKinley Wooten, SECU Foundation Board Chair, presented the check to the Inter-Faith Council on behalf of SECU members.

“We are so grateful for the vision and generosity of State Employees’ Credit Union members,” said Rebecca McCulloh, President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.  “SECU Foundation’s transformational donation will help IFC create a facility and program that will empower homeless men to transform their lives.”

Slated for completion in Spring 2015, the new 52-bed Inter-Faith Council at SECU Community House will offer an enhanced residential housing program to help individuals recover from homelessness and rebuild their lives.  Program residents will be provided with safe living accommodations and more comprehensive services including medical, dental and mental health treatment, counseling and educational opportunities to help their transition back into the community.  The new location, facility and improved program services will help meet the increasing needs of IFC’s current Community House.

“State Employees’ Credit Union members are proud to partner with Inter-Faith Council for Social Service in support of the Inter-Faith Council at SECU Community House transitional housing facility for men,” stated SECU Foundation Board Chair McKinley Wooten.  “IFC’s history and excellent reputation of helping others has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many individuals.  The project embodies the ‘People Helping People’ philosophy on which SECU and the SECU Foundation were founded and we look forward to the benefits the new House will offer for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.”

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for close to 77 years.  With nearly 1.9 million members, SECU provides services through 253 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website,  The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.

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