Groundbreaking held at SECU Family House in Winston-Salem.

G. Mark Twisdale, Executive Director
SECU Foundation
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Groundbreaking held at SECU Family House in Winston-Salem.

Raleigh, NC, October 15, 2010/Business Wire – A groundbreaking was recently held for SECU Family House on the Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The ceremony, attended by numerous SECU volunteers and staff members, marked a milestone for the Family House, as SECU Foundation Board Chair Shirley Bell presented a check for $1 million on behalf of SECU members to Hospital Hospitality House of Winston-Salem Foundation representatives.  The $1 million is part of SECU Foundation’s original $2 million challenge grant which spearheaded the fundraising efforts of SECU Family House in Winston-Salem. 

As the second North Carolina hospitality house project funded in part by the SECU Foundation, the Family House in Winston-Salem is slated to open in the fall of 2011, with plans to serve more than 2,000 families annually from all parts of North Carolina.

Providing a 45-room facility on almost 9 acres in close proximity to North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center, SECU Family House will offer affordable and comfortable lodging for families of out-of-town adult patients being treated at the medical centers.  Another SECU Family House facility is located in Chapel Hill near UNC Hospitals.

Speaking on the impact of this donation from State Employees’ Credit Union members, Ms. Bell comments, “Our Credit Union’s philosophy is ‘People Helping People’ and through the SECU Foundation, Credit Union members can collectively and cooperatively solve big problems in our communities.  Our Foundation is excited to partner with the Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Foundation and the community supporters in Winston-Salem to make SECU Family House a reality in this area of the State.”

Kathy Carr, Executive Director of Hospital Hospitality House of Winston-Salem, adds, “There are over 400 families of adult inpatients who are traveling here daily and have no affordable options for lodging.  Many family members will end up camping out in waiting areas or driving long distances each day.  The SECU Family House will be more than just a place to stay for these folks.  Our staff and volunteers will provide a caring family atmosphere and allow a much-needed time of rest for them during these uncertain times.  We are so grateful to have the unwavering support for this much-needed project in our community.”


About SECU and the SECU Foundation

SECU is a non-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 70 years. Currently serving 1.6 million members, SECU provides services through 233 branch offices, over 1,000 ATMs, 24/7 call 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 education, health and human services.

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