Press Release February 28 2012


February 28, 2012:

Senior Crimestoppers Charter Presentation, Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.,

The Centers at St. Camillus – Chapel Gardens, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse NY.

Thanks to Solvay Bank, residents of The Centers at St. Camillus in Syracuse, New York will live in a safer and even more secure environment. Solvay Bank recently joined the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, Inc. (SHCPF), and is helping to protect those seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program for seniors residing in this care facility.

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF) is a national organization that serves as a conduit for banks to use to fulfill their federally mandated Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requirements through providing aid to low and moderate income individuals in their local community. The Foundation's mission is to provide safe and secure living environments for our nation's senior nursing home residents, many of whom are low and moderate income individuals, through the operation of the nationally-acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program.

Crime against the elderly in our society is a longstanding, constant battle that can be reduced and prevented through the operation of the Senior Crimestoppers program in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero tolerance to crime platform in senior housing facilities. Components include personal lockboxes for the residents, cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, and effective, on-going education and training for staff members and residents. Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 92%.

"Senior Crimestoppers is a way for an administrator to further enhance the lives of the residents they serve. They all work very hard to provide safe, secure, comfortable living environments and their desire to implement the program is just one more example of this. Implementing this program does not mean that the facility currently has a crime problem, but that the administrator is proactively finding a way to keep problems from occurring in the future," said Terry Rooker, President of Senior Crimestoppers.

"Solvay Bank is proud to have the opportunity to bring the Senior Crimestoppers Program to the The Centers at St. Camillus," said Paul Mello, President & CEO of Solvay Bank. "This format has proven itself as an effective deterrent to crimes against residents of long-term continuing care facilities. It provides the residents and their family members an added level of comfort and peace of mind".

Located in the Westvale area of Syracuse, St. Camillus is a not-for-profit healthcare facility offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. "Our organization is excited to partner with Solvay Bank and Crimestoppers", said Mike Schafer, Vice President at St. Camillus.

The Senior Crimestoppers Charter Presentation is Tuesday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m.

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, Inc., and Solvay Bank will be holding a charter presentation at The Centers at St. Camillus in the Chapel Gardens, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse NY.

Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend.

Solvay Bank celebrates its 95th anniversary this year, making it the oldest independent commercial bank headquartered and operating in Onondaga County, and is committed to providing its customers with the very best in financial products and customer service. Solvay Bank has a main office located at 1537 Milton Avenue in Solvay and seven branches conveniently located in Camillus, Fairmount, Liverpool, Cicero, North Syracuse, downtown Syracuse and Westvale. Solvay Bank also owns a full service general insurance agency, Solvay Bank Insurance Agency, Inc. The Bank's Web site can be reached at

For additional information, please contact:

Karen Zarach, Solvay Bank

(315) 484-2213

For more information about Senior Crimestoppers contact:

Terry Rooker at 800-529-9096