Fund Supports SECU Members, Honors Retiring President
The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) announced a new fund to support SECU members who stay at SECU Family House in Chapel Hill during treatment at UNC Hospitals. The People Helping People Fund honors Jean and Jim Blaine. Jim is the former President of SECU who has retired after 43 years at SECU. The Fund helps SECU member families who need financial assistance to pay for their rooms during their stay at Family House.
Blaine was instrumental in the SECU Foundation's vision to establish SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals as the first of three SECU Family Houses that serve the people of North Carolina. Located one mile from UNC Hospitals, the Chapel Hill SECU Family House is a safe, nurturing, affordable home for patients and their loved ones who must travel great distances for life-saving procedures and serious illnesses. In the 9 years that the Chapel Hill house has been operating, SECU branches have supported our ongoing needs by volunteering to provide meals, fundraising for annual expenses, and donating household items for the wish list.
As is the case with all funds designated to help families and guests who stay at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, each SECU member who receives assistance from the fund will be asked to pay a portion of their room fee. Standard rooms in the 40-room house cost $45 per night and suites are $60 per night. Guests often stay for weeks and months at a time.
"The People Helping People Fund for SECU members eases a financial burden for our guests, all of whom face the challenge of serious illnesses," said Janice McAdams, Executive Director of SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals. "We operate with significant help from volunteers and donors, and this Fund embodies the true spirit of people helping others at Family House."
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals provides lodging, meals, supportive programs, transportation and a caring support network for 2,200 patients and families each year. The nonprofit serves families from all 100 North Carolina counties and beyond, helping them rest, heal, and gather strength when they need it most. For more information, visit secufamilyhouse.org.