Members of our Grandpoint Bank family, which includes Regents Bank, recently toured the Long Beach campus of U.S. Vets, an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life by providing housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support. Our visit included the presentation of a $10,000 donation to the organization.
According to U.S. Vets, about 50,000 vets in our nation are homeless – men and women who have served valiantly for our country and now find themselves sleeping on the streets.
“Beyond the essentials, what I saw during our visit is that U.S. Vets is giving veterans back their self-respect,” says Darlene Esquerra, Senior Vice President & Community Development Office of Grandpoint Bank. “Everyone is treated with kindness by staff members and volunteers, who, in many cases, have had the same experiences as the veterans.”
U.S. Vets is the largest organization of its kind addressing the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the U.S. Their Long Beach facility is located on 25 acres of former Naval housing and offers a variety of permanent and transitional housing – including a building for women veterans with up to two children and housing for homeless vets — dining facilities, community center, clinic, classrooms, recreational facilities and even an urban forest where residents can pick fruits and vegetables.
“Grandpoint Bank’s support of our programs across Southern California makes it possible for us to fill the gaps and really meet the unique needs of each one of the veterans we serve,” said Laney Kapgan, Vice President of Development and Communications for U.S. Vets. “With more service men and women coming home than ever before, this investment will help us continue to expand not only housing but also key employment and mental health programs for our veterans.”
Grandpoint was introduced to U.S. Vets through our Executive Vice President and CCO Mark Phillips, who struck up a conversation with U.S. Vets National Director of Programs, Larry Williams, on an airplane. Mark was so impressed with the program, he referred the information for consideration as a Grandpoint Bank Community Reinvestment Act-qualified donation. The rest, as they say, is history.
You can find more information about U.S. Vets on their website usvetsinc.org.
We’re proud to salute U.S. Vets for helping so many vets and their families, and we thank all the members of our armed services, past and present, for their dedication and selflessness.
Our great nation was founded on the belief that everyone is created equal and that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights. At times in our history, as will surely be the case in our future, brave men and women have been called upon to defend those rights and ideals.
Today we celebrate those individuals who have given their time, their skills and even their lives, to protect our safety, freedom and way of life.
To all the members of the United States military, past, present and future, thank you for your service. No one better demonstrates than you the closing line of the Declaration of Independence: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Happy Veterans Day
Regents Bank will be closed Monday, November 12th in honor of Veterans Day.
We would like to thank our Veterans that unselfishly have served our country, all active duty military that provide the freedom and protection we live under, and the families of these brave men and women for the daily sacrifices they must make in the absence of their loved ones. We salute you all and please know that you have our deepest respect and admiration.
In honor of our Veterans past, present and future, Regents Bank offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11th, 2011. We sincerely appreciate the daily sacrifices that have been made, and we honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. We honor you and appreciate what you’ve sacrifices so that we may enjoy the daily freedom we have in America. All of us at Regents Bank say “Thank you” for your service.
Many restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and discounts as a special way to offer their thanks. Visit http://themilitarywallet.com/veterans-day-free-meals-and-discounts/#axzz1dJVAmtu9 for details. May God bless and protect all of our military personnel that continue to serve on our behalf, and their families as well.
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