SECU members fund center for MemoryCare in Asheville

RALEIGH, NC (August 29, 2016) — SECU Foundation directors, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) volunteers and staff gathered in Asheville on August 26th for the groundbreaking of SECU Center for MemoryCare.  With the support of Credit Union members, SECU Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a $1.8 million challenge grant earlier this year for the 10,000 square foot facility.  The new space will allow MemoryCare, a non-profit organization that provides treatment and support for families affected by Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments, to expand its clinical care and education programs.

Jim Johnson, SECU Foundation Board Chair, spoke briefly during the groundbreaking event.  He noted, “SECU members are pleased to work with MemoryCare to assist with construction funding for the new Center.  SECU Foundation’s grant will help increase awareness and broaden MemoryCare’s reach to serve a greater number of North Carolinians suffering from memory disorders and provide supportive services for their caregivers.  We look forward to the opening of SECU Center for MemoryCare and the meaningful difference it will make in the lives of many families throughout the State.”

MemoryCare provides a unique approach to care, integrating the support and education of caregivers with the specialized treatment of memory impaired persons to help them remain in their homes for as long as possible.  Since its beginning in 2000, MemoryCare has served 1,000 patients and 3,000 caregivers from 23 North Carolina counties.  SECU Foundation’s grant for the new Center will help the organization double the number of patients and caregivers receiving assistance over the next 10 years.

“We are so grateful that State Employees’ Credit Union members understand the importance of having excellent dementia care that includes families and saves healthcare resources in our community,” said Dr. Virginia Templeton, MemoryCare Executive Director.  “Through their investment in our new facility, MemoryCare will expand our capacity to serve families and provide a permanent home for our caregiver education programs.”

Photos taken at MemoryCare Asheville a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. This event is a ground breaking for a new facility on the grounds of the Givens Estate Retirement Community and a special donation by the State Employees Credit Union (SECU). The event was attended by many dignitaries including the Mayor of Asheville and other benefactors.

About SECU

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 nearly 82 years.  The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trust and estate planning services, and investments through its partners and affiliated entities.  SECU serves over 2.4 million members through 266 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Member Services via phone and a website,


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119 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

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