SECU Members Announce $1 million challenge grant for SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin

RALEIGH, NC (June 18, 2015) – State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, via the SECU Foundation, announced their support today for a new initiative in partnership with Hospice of Surry County, Inc., SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin.  Representatives from SECU and the Foundation met with partnering officials at the 4-acre site of the future hospice facility in Yadkinville for the formal presentation of a $1 million challenge grant to assist with the construction of an inpatient and residential hospice care facility for terminally ill patients and their families.  SECU Foundation Board Chair McKinley Wooten, Jr. presented the check to Hospice of Surry County, Inc. on behalf of Credit Union members who fund the SECU Foundation.

“There just aren’t enough words to properly express my thanks to the members of SECU for their generous grant, which will help us build a hospice home that will serve patients and their families in Yadkin County and throughout the region,” stated Denise Watson, Executive Director of Hospice of Surry County, Inc.  “The SECU Foundation has been a long-time supporter of our mission, and their challenge grant will not only boost our capital campaign, but I’m sure will inspire others to contribute as well.  We are extremely grateful for the gift and the continued support.”

“We are proud to work in partnership with Hospice of Surry County, Inc. to help support the construction of the new facility in Yadkinville,” said McKinley Wooten, Jr.  “SECU Hospice Home of Yadkin is the thirteenth SECU Foundation-supported hospice project in our state.  These projects demonstrate members’ recognition of the great need for inpatient hospice services throughout North Carolina.  As steadfast partners, SECU Foundation and Hospice House of Surry County, Inc. are helping to provide the highest level of care, compassion and support for patients and their families needing end of life or respite care services.”

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 78 years.  The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities.  SECU serves nearly 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 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.

About Hospice of Surry County, Inc. (Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care)

Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization serving the terminally ill in Surry, Yadkin and the 14 surrounding counties.  Through its team of trained specialists, health-care professionals and volunteers, Mountain Valley Hospice addresses the growing need for compassionate hospice care through offices in Yadkinville, Elkin, Mount Airy, NC, and Stuart and Galax, Va.

In March 2009 Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care started serving patients and families at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice home in Dobson, NC.  The Woltz Hospice Home is a state-of-the-art hospice facility featuring 20 patient suites with individual outdoor patios, a spa room and many more patient comforts.  There is also an old-time soda shop, children’s play room, and many more amenities to make family members comfortable as they stay close by their loved one during this time when families are needed most.  It is designed to be truly Close to Home.

Photo caption: (L to R): Jama Dagenhart-SECU Foundation Executive Director; Denise Watson-Hospice of Surry County, Inc. Executive Director; McKinley Wooten, Jr.-SECU Foundation Board Chair.

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