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FIRST FARMERS BANK & TRUST Provides Safe and Secure Living Environments For Seniors in the Community

by First Farmers Bank & Trust | Oct 16, 2017

Thanks to FIRST FARMERS BANK & TRUST, residents of Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman, IL and Heritage Health in Hoopeston, IL will live in a safer and even more secure living environment.  FIRST FARMERS BANK & TRUST recently joined CRA Partners and is helping vulnerable seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program to protect those who live and work in this local care facility. 

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program providing safe and secure living environments for our nation’s low to moderate income seniors. Through flexible funding options such as CRA-qualified community development loans, investments or grants, banks provide the program in senior housing facilities, HUD communities and state Veterans homes while garnering positive public relations exposure in their communities. 

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 cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, personal lockboxes for the residents, and effective, on-going education and training for staff members and residents.  Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 94%.

“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.

“Our organization places a high value on the financial safety and security of senior citizens. It is our responsibility to ensure that they are well-informed, protected, and properly assisted in all manners of financial services, Gene Miles, President and CEO, First Farmers Bank & Trust.                                    

Senior Crimestoppers Charter Presentation is at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living. 400 W Washington, in Chrisman, IL at 10:30am and Heritage Health, 423 North Dixie Highway in Hoopeston, IL at 3:30pm.

Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend. 

First Farmers Bank & Trust has 7 offices in Coles, Edgar and Vermilion counties in Illinois and 27 offices throughout Carroll, Cass, Clay, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Huntington, Madison, Marshall, Miami, Starke, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and Wabash counties in Indiana. First Farmers Bank & Trust serves over 60,000 clients and is one of the premier community banks in the Midwest. First Farmers Financial Corp is traded on the OTC Markets Group, Inc. "OTCQX" exchange under the linked ticker symbol: FFMR . First Farmers Financial Corp is a $1.65 billion financial holding company headquartered in Converse, Indiana. 

About the Senior Crimestoppers program

Senior Crimestoppers is a multi-faceted, crime prevention program that protects the elderly from theft, abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, and is administered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. For more information about the program, visit or call 800-529-9096.

About CRA Partners  

Not only do we impact the lives of the elderly in long-term care facilities, we also impact the community outside of the long-term care industry through the CRA-qualified securities we purchase on behalf of our bank partners. As March 2016 the community impact has reached approximately $283 million which goes to provide affordable home mortgages for low-to-moderate income families, affordable healthcare services, small business development providing job creation, as well as other economic development projects.  For more information about the Foundation, visit or call 877-232-0859.


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