A local bank has reached out to the Shirley Home for the Aged with a three-year, $6,000 pledge to help the nonprofit care for its residents.

Representatives from Community State Bank of Orbisonia visited the home Wednesday morning to present the first year’s donation and to share pointers with residents on protecting themselves from investment fraud and financial exploitation, plus announced they will provide all residents with fire-proof lock boxes to store valuables.

Trudy Everhart, Community State Bank president and CEO, said the first year’s donation included the purchase of the lock boxes. She presented a check for the remaining $1,125.28 to Shirley Home administrator Brenda Yohn. The announcement, made before an audience of Shirley Home residents, was met with applause.

Everhart said the Shirley’s Home position as a nonprofit that serves residents from all over the local area is just the type of effort the bank wants to support.

“We definitely like to give back to the community,” she said.

Yohn said improvements to the Shirley Home are ongoing, as are the needs of its residents. As such, the three-year commitment from Community State Bank, she said, will help keep those efforts moving forward.

“It’s very appreciated and it’s also very overwhelming home many group and organizations we have, like Community State Bank,that help us provide for our residents,” Yohn said.

Leading up to the check presentation, Karla Shadle, trainer and marketing specialist with Community State Bank, gave a talk on elder abuse, focusing on various types of financial trespass that target older Americans.

“Unfortunately, elder abuse comes in many different forms,” Shadle said. “Sometimes it comes from strangers and sometimes is comes from the people who know, love and care about.”

Shadle said signs include social isolation, poor financial choices, changes to a will or power of attorney. She also touched on various scams perpetrated over the phone or via email that aim to separate victims from their money.

Everhart, who introduced Shadle to the Shirley Home audience, said the bank’s team feels it’s “part of our civic duty to inform.”

In addition, the bank provided pocket guides, which highlight many of the tips presented by Shadle, for Shirley Home staff, and posters with related information for placement around the home.

At the close of her talk, Shadle showed residents an example of the lock boxes they’ll soon receive and explained they may keep cash, jewelry, documents, photos — anything precious to them — in the boxes.

Shadle said the bank purchases enough boxes to cover all 42 Shirley Home residents plus new residents as they arrive.

Rebecca can be reached at dnews@huntingdondailynews.com.

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