RBGA hosts two ribbon cuttings

GODFREY — Two new member expansions celebrated opening occasions in September, complete with kick-off ribbon-cutting ceremonies led by the RiverBend Growth Association staff and members.

Celebrating were Citizens Equity First Credit Union (CEFCU) at its new Godfrey location and Senior Services Plus in Alton.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 15 celebrated CEFCU’s Godfrey facility, its first location in the Riverbend community, at 2810 Godfrey Road. About 50 people were on hand for the occasion with a grand opening 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Remarks were shared by RBGA Member Engagement Director Stefanie Withers and CEFCU President/CEO Matt Mamer. There was also a drawing held for a $250 Amazon gift card, a catered buffet from Nicky G’s and floral arrangements by Petaled Pail. CEFCU shared branded items with those in attendance.

CEFCU was founded in 1937 and now serves more than 374,000 members and has nearly 1,000 employees today. In 2022, it was ranked as the top credit union in Illinois by Forbes.

In March 2021, CEFCU opened four new branches in the Metro East area, including 2810 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, 1254 University Drive, Suite 100 in Edwardsville, 450 Regency Park in O’Fallon and 180 Admiral Trost Drive in Collinsville.

CEFCU has sites in Illinois as well as California locations in San Jose, Fremont and Santa Clara. For more information visit www.cefcu.com or call 1-800-633-7077.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 16 at Senior Services Plus (SSP) where 45 people celebrate the debut of a new walking trail and Morning Bell Market at 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. in Alton.

As part of the eveent SSP also hosted a Community Day with informational tables and representatives on hand from each of their service programs.

SSP is open Monday through Friday. Except for its wellness center, no membership is required. SSP also offers programs and services such as non-medical in-home care, handyman and HVAC services, ongoing advocacy through its Ombudsman Program, Meals on Wheels, Foster Grandparents, seasonal produce through its School House Acres, along with access to its wellness and fitness center.

The School House Grill is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, offering both indoor dining and curbside pickup from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The organization was founded under a different name in Alton to serve food-insecure senior citizens. Celebrating 50 years in January, SSP has about 80 full-time and 400 part-time employees. In addition to its main location on Rodgers Avenue and its in-home services department at 3403 Agnes Blvd., both in Alton, it also has an in-home services office in Belleville.

For more information, visit seniorservicesplus.org or call 618-465-3298 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or contact SSP Director of Development Emily Jackson at [email protected].

The RBGA offers ribbon cuttings to new businesses and milestone anniversary celebrations. To learn more about membership visit growthassociation.com or contact Withers at 618-467-2284.


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