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Numerica donates $125,000 to help homeless

Updated Feb. 10, 2022

Numerica donates $125,000 to give families a home for the holidays

At least 20 individuals and families facing homelessness transitioned out of shelters and into a permanent, stable home this holiday season. A $125,000 donation from Numerica Credit Union funded the effort in partnership with 8 regional nonprofits. This came through Numerica’s Home for the Holidays campaign.

Sarah, a mother of two, lived at Family Promise’s shelter in Spokane for more than a year after escaping domestic violence. She said words could not explain what it means to her family to be in their new home just in time for Christmas.

“It feels amazing, and I feel safe,” Sarah said. “I don’t have to worry about getting kicked out the next day, having food in the fridge, or clean clothes.”

Numerica joined Sarah and her family on their move-in day to watch the credit union’s core purpose of enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams, and building communities come to life.

“Being able to be here and meet with a family whose life has changed for the better is really special,” said Amanda Swan, assistant vice president of Community Development and Impact. “You can instantaneously experience that mission at work and get to see how special this community is. We’re so proud to be able to support families like them.”

The year-end Home for the Holidays gift is allocated to homeless services organizations in Numerica’s four markets:

  • Volunteers of America and Family Promise in Spokane
  • Vincent de Paul and Safe Passage in North Idaho
  • SAGE and Women’s Resource Center in Wenatchee
  • Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee and Domestic Violence Services in Tri-Cities

“Without support from organizations like Numerica, nothing happens,” said Larry Riley, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “It personifies everything we do. Our mission is to take advantage of every opportunity, so we can help those around us be their best selves going forward. With support from Numerica, we’re able to work together for the betterment of thousands in North Idaho.”

Numerica continued this holiday partnership for a second year after seeing its nonprofit partners respond to growing demands for support services throughout the pandemic. As emergency needs competed for limited funds, moving clients into permanent housing proved to be a struggle. This year’s gift will also support housing stability efforts as nonprofit organizations work to keep vulnerable families from becoming homeless.

“During my 10 years with Numerica, I have been blown away by the generosity of our members giving back to communities in need,” said Carla Cicero, Numerica president and CEO. “I get to see firsthand the impact Numerica’s year-end giving makes when families walk into their new homes.”

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