SECU members help Good Shepherd Center build supportive housing project in Wilmington
RALEIGH, NC (August 19, 2016) — A new supportive housing project under development in Wilmington will soon open for area seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities – SECU Lakeside Reserve. A ceremonial groundbreaking held today at the project’s four-acre site officially kicked off the construction of a 16-unit apartment building, the first of a two phase project. State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members, via the SECU Foundation, provided Good Shepherd Center with a $1 million grant to help fund the phase one construction. The grant also boosts the Center’s capital campaign efforts for an additional 24-unit facility. Representatives from SECU Foundation and the Credit Union joined community leaders and supporters for the morning celebration, where SECU Foundation Board Chair Jim Johnson presented a check to Good Shepherd Center on behalf of Credit Union members.
Good Shepherd Center has been assisting the Wilmington community since 1983, carrying out a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster a transition to housing. The non-profit, in conjunction with Lakeside Partners of Wilmington, Inc., serves as the largest provider of services to the homeless in the Tri-County region of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. Residents of SECU Lakeside Reserve will be provided on-site case management, supportive services such as transportation and counseling, and common space for workshops and activities to ensure residents’ stability and independence.
“We are beyond grateful to State Employees’ Credit Union members for their overwhelming generosity and support. Their gift is truly transformative and has brought this project from a dream to a reality. We are happy to be standing side by side with SECU Foundation as we break ground and end homelessness for some of our most fragile neighbors,” said Katrina Knight, Good Shepherd Center Executive Director.
Jim Johnson noted during his presentation, “We are happy to provide funding to help support Good Shepherd’s mission to combat homelessness by providing permanent supportive housing for seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities. SECU members understand the significance of this project and the positive impact it will have on these underserved populations. Good Shepherd has an excellent reputation with over 32 years of experience providing services to Wilmington’s homeless citizens and we are proud to aid their efforts.”
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, www.ncsecu.org.