Peoples Bank & Trust Helps Keep Seniors Safe

March 23, 2016

Thanks to Peoples Bank & Trust, residents of Auburn Rehab and HCC in Auburn, IL will live in a safer and even more secure environment. Peoples Bank & Trust recently joined the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (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 is a national organization that serves as a way for banks 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 who 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 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.

John Gardner, President and CEO of Peoples Bank & Trust said, “Since our founding in 1954, we’ve believed there is a commitment to not only our customers, but also the communities we serve. We are glad to be able to be a part of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation program and provide added security for the residents of the nursing homes.”

The Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation and Peoples Bank & Trust will be holding a charter presentation at Auburn Rehab and HCC on March 23, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. located at 304 Maple Ave. in Auburn, IL 62615. Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend.

Peoples Bank & Trust is a locally owned and managed, independent community bank with ten offices in Pana, Taylorville, Charleston, Altamont, Springfield, Waverly, White Hall, Morrisonville, Palmyra and Tower Hill. Peoples Bank & Trust is a full service bank offering customer service to consumers, small business and farmers in Central Illinois. People First Bancshares, Inc., with corporate office in Pana, Illinois, is the holding company for Peoples Bank & Trust.

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.

Not only does the Foundation 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 of June 30, 2015, the community impact has reached approximately $183 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.