Mortgage company to donate from fees; Settlements will aid programs in Carroll


A Timonium mortgage company planned to announce today its alliance with the Carroll County state's attorney to donate money toward countywide battles such as substance abuse and domestic violence.

First Central Mortgage Co. will turn over $100 for the settlement of each mortgage that is financed or refinanced in Carroll County through loan officer Debra Clinton.

Clinton, a Carroll County resident, said yesterday that the idea of helping her community began last year when a colleague initiated a similar program in Baltimore County to assist a high school boosters' club.

"I figured that if it could work to help a school, why not try helping good causes in my own community?" said Clinton.

Her employer and Jerry F. Barnes, state's attorney for Carroll County, welcomed the plan, Clinton said.

Through his office, Barnes and his staff have implemented or supported programs within the past 18 months, including formation of domestic violence and victim-witness impact units; a Heroin Kills program; Reality Program, an early intervention effort aimed at giving young first-time offenders a choice of avoiding juvenile prosecution; and other public- and student-awareness initiatives.

Clinton has structured a flexible alliance, giving Barnes the freedom to direct whatever money is generated toward any of the programs promoting education, prevention, treatment or prosecution.

"We think it is great that First Central has come to us, offering to help," said Barnes.

First Central becomes another in the list of corporate sponsors that have stepped forward to assist the state's attorney's fight against crime.

Others include Westminster Security, Bell Atlantic Mobile, Wal-Mart and Target.

To qualify and ensure that First Central's donations are properly directed, property owners must call Clinton at 410-561-3550, or toll-free at 800-894-7334, to obtain a mortgage or refinance.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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