Friday, February 15, 2013

Wells Fargo makes 2 donations in area

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Wells Fargo & Co. recently awarded money to two Roanoke Valley organizations as part of its corporate giving program.

The Trust House, a southwest Roanoke shelter for homeless veterans, families and individuals, received a $3,850 donation to help with facility upgrades and installing a commercial grade security system.

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke received $2,275 to buy new benches for its southeast Roanoke campus.

Mission officials said the benches provide a safe and inviting place for individuals to rest while advancing the beautification of the Belmont neighborhood.

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, a grass-roots organization serving as a Christian crisis intervention center for southwestern Virginia, receives no governmental funding and is supported by donations from individuals and community partners.

The Trust House operates out of two houses on Elm Avenue where residents are offered weekly life skills training and the option to attend a sober living group and other supportive activities. Trust House also provides therapeutic case management, skills development for self-sufficiency, credit remediation, budgeting and savings.

"The generosity of Wells Fargo will allow the Trust House to ensure a safer and more secure environment for residents, staff and volunteers," Ali Hamed-Moore, executive director, said in a news release.

"The current security system has become inadequate for the 7,000-square-foot facility that has multiple entrances and houses 27 residents at any given time," Hamed-Moore said.

Wells Fargo partners with its employees and organizations across the country "to promote the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities," said Tommye Arnold, community relations officer for Western Virginia at Wells Fargo.

In 2012, the banking company supported 28,000 nonprofit agencies through grants and volunteerism, Arnold said.

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Marine Corps Pvt. Bradley T. Crush has completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Crush, a 2012 graduate of Amherst County High School, is the son of Cheryl A. Crush of Roanoke.

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Marine Corps Pvt. James D. Karnes also has completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Karnes, a 2012 graduate of Covington High School, is the son of Martha Sexton of Covington and Patrick W. Karnes of Huddleston.

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Several Roanoke Valley residents earned degrees and graduated from college after completing the fall semester.

>> Mary Williams of Roanoke received a master of arts degree in communications from Spring Arbor University.

>> Alyssa L. Cain of Roanoke graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Angelo State University.

>> Kelsie Meryle Houck of Roanoke graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

>> Michael Florek of Roanoke earned a master of science degree from the division of graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

>> James Steigelman of Forest graduated magna cum laude from Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration management.

>> Mary Sult of Roanoke earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Coastal Carolina University.

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