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Numerica addresses homelessness in partnership with four nonprofits
Over 30 homeless individuals — representing more than 20 families and 16 children — were provided a home during the 2020 holiday season.
Numerica Credit Union worked with nonprofit partners in Spokane, North Idaho, Wenatchee, and Tri-Cities to aid this transition from shelters into stable, permanent housing. A $100,000 donation from Numerica funded the effort.
“We are carrying out our mission of enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams and building communities by helping these families have a safe home to call their own,” CEO Carla Cicero said. “We know there’s no place like home for the holidays. In tandem with four wonderful nonprofit partners, we are truly changing lives.”
Marie, a mom from Wenatchee, and her children were among the lives impacted. Homeless, Marie placed her children in foster care to enter treatment and leave an abusive relationship. Today, the reunited family is moving into stable housing.
“I am so honored to finally have my kids smiling again,” she said, adding the newfound security is “just what we need for Christmas.”
Numerica’s nonprofit partners include:
- Volunteers of America, Spokane
- Vincent de Paul, North Idaho
- Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee, Tri-Cities
- Women’s Resource Center, Wenatchee
“CAC has clients who come in via the registry daily who are homeless and in need of housing assistance,” said Judith Gidley, executive director of Community Action Committee of Benton-Franklin Counties. “During the cold months, it is more imperative that we get them housed as soon as possible.”
Nonprofits stretched to meet the increased need for support services in 2020. Measures included expanding capacity, moving to larger spaces, adjusting hours, and more. Emergency needs competed for limited funds. Meanwhile, moving clients into permanent housing proved to be a struggle.
“This year, COVID-19 disproportionately impacted our community’s most vulnerable populations,” Cicero said. “Those experiencing homelessness have been hit hard. We are honored to help move families and individuals out of shelters and into homes.”
A Spokane resident transitioning into an apartment called it a “new lease on life.” Another Spokane recipient appreciated items donated for setting up the home that will “help with maintaining my housing stability.”
The 2020 “Home for the Holidays” effort was the latest in an annual tradition of year-end community generosity at Numerica. Past efforts included surprise donations to nonprofits. Last year, Numerica paid off $25,000 in student lunch debt at local elementary schools.
“Each December, I have the pleasure of a front-row seat as Numerica generously gives back to our communities with a special holiday surprise,” Cicero said. “I’ve witnessed first-hand the impact Numerica’s year-end giving makes.”