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State Employees' Credit Union Continues to Make a Difference at SECU Family House.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) members and employees are continuing their support of SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals and recently celebrated the ongoing partnership with a tour of the house by SECU managers and volunteers. During the tour, SECU representatives presented Family House Board President Dr. Tom Shea with a FAT CAT rocking chair for Family House guests.

Credit Union members, via the SECU Foundation, began supporting SECU Family House with a $2 million challenge grant for its capital campaign in 2005. Opened in March 2008, Family House is the sole agency providing affordable, supportive, long and short-term lodging to UNC Hospital's adult critical care patients and their families. The house, located in Chapel Hill, offers 40 private bedrooms with private baths and common rooms including a large kitchen, family room, children's playroom, library and more. Since opening in 2008, SECU Family House has provided more than 21,000 guest stays to 1,448 patients/patient families from 89 of North Carolina's 100 counties.

SECU Family House, which receives no federal or state funding, relies on individuals, local businesses and foundations for the bulk of their funding and volunteer support. Numerous SECU Advisory Board members and SECU employees are now giving their time, and SECU employees have also been instrumental in helping raise additional funds for Family House. Branches in the Chapel Hill area sold SECU Family House ornaments during the 2008 holiday season and hold annual candy bar and plush animal sales to raise money for the cause. In addition, SECU's Raleigh Stonehenge branch is in the process of organizing a statewide SECU Family House cookbook sale.

Hill Scott, SECU's Senior Vice President of the Raleigh Stonehenge branch comments, "SECU Family House serves people at such a critical time in their lives and gives them a warm, comforting place to stay. When our branch staff decided to volunteer and prepare a meal for guests, I'm not sure any of us realized how deeply we would be touched by the Family House guests. The volunteer experience was life-changing and we were compelled to do more when we realized the ongoing operational cost needs. We are really looking forward to seeing just how much money we can generate for SECU Family House through the upcoming cookbook sale and hope to have cookbooks available in September in all SECU branch locations statewide."

Dr. Tom Shea, SECU Family House Board of Directors President, adds, "SECU members were instrumental in getting this hospitality house built for adult critical care patients and their families. The Credit Union's membership and associates at the branch level continue to provide us with critical operating support. You've done far more than putting your name on a building; you extend comfort, hope and housing to families from all over North Carolina - every day."

About SECU Family House

SECU Family House is a non-profit hospital hospitality house offering housing and other supportive services to adult patients and/or the families and caregivers of patients being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics.

About SECU

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 more than 70 years. Currently serving over 1.5 million members, SECU provides services through 226 branch offices, over 1,000 ATMs, 24/7 call centers and a

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