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Chronically unemployed and underemployed people often lose hope in the system, and in themselves, which makes barriers to long-term employment even harder to overcome. As Self-Help Federal seeks to expand economic opportunities, our community partners with strong connections to underserved communities are essential. In Milwaukee we are fortunate to partner with Milwaukee JobsWork, a nonprofit that helps individuals living in poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency through sustainable employment.

Milwaukee JobsWork provides comprehensive training to help participants attain employment and on-going support so they can thrive in their new jobs. Part of their training includes a financial education class. Every other month Self-Help Federal Credit Union staff contribute with information about our products and services, in particular our basic savings and checking accounts and Fresh Start Loans, which help build and repair credit. 

Milwaukee JobsWork participants can rely on the credit union not only as a safe place to deposit checks, but as a partner in building assets, accessing responsible credit, and reaching their financial goals. Together with Milwaukee JobsWork, we’re working to transform lives and communities in Milwaukee, one step at a time.
"Drive Forward" Keeps
Car Loans Within Reach
San Jose, California member Francis Pena with her new car.
Francis, a single mother of six children, has dedicated her life to providing for her family. While her other children have moved on to raise families of their own, Francis is on call 24/7 to care for one of her sons, who has a developmental disability. Transportation is crucial as Francis manages his care and a job, but her car was old and unreliable. 

Unable to afford expensive repairs, and with a credit score that only qualified her for sky-high interest rates, Francis was in a constant state of worry:  Would her car start when she headed out to work? Would she get stranded on the road in the middle of the night while taking her son to the hospital? 

All of that changed when Francis connected with Peninsula Family Service (PFS), a Bay Area nonprofit that has served the San Mateo and Santa Clara, California communities for over six decades, providing tools that encourage personal and financial stability for families affected by widening income disparities. Through a partnership with our San Jose, California branch, PFS is offering the DriveForward program – affordable loans to help participants purchase reliable used vehicles and begin the process of repairing their credit. 

Live or work in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties and finding it hard to qualify for a car loan?  You may qualify for the DriveForward program.  To learn more, contact Aileen Ochoa at 408.577.1981, extension 311. 
Community Investing: Earn Interest
While Serving Your Community
Community Investing: Earn Interest While Serving Your Community
California resident and new homeowner Hilda Soto. By refinancing her loan with help from our Self-Help Federal Bakersfield, California branch, Ms. Soto was able to cut her interest rate nearly in half, saving her money every month.
When you visit us at Self-Help Federal, you probably have a specific personal purpose, like cashing a check, obtaining a loan or adding to your savings. We hope you’re also aware that by making deposits with us, you are a community investor. Depositors have enabled the Self-Help family of organizations  to provide more than $8.5 Billion in financing with 159,000 loans to families, individuals and organizations.

As a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Self-Help leverages the deposits we receive to invest in people, businesses and organizations in underserved communities. Our 2018 Impact Statement and Annual Report highlight some of last year’s work. We hope you take time to sneak a peek. Behind every loan and every partnership, there’s a story of commitment and determination.
  • Mark your calendars.  Our Members’ Annual Meeting and Celebration will take place on November 7 at our Vallejo, California Branch.  More information will be sent out with the end-of-June member statements.
  • The Pomona, California branch is partnering with Opportunity Fund to present an Accessing Capital to Grow your Business workshop:  June 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  RSVP by sending an email here.
  • Earn interest while investing in your community.  Just launched, the GoLocal Term Certificate is now available in the San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information on this specific product or in investing with Self-Help, contact Annie McShiras.
  • We now have a lending office open in Aurora, Illinois.  The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but it’s important to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 773.635.2055.
  • Get cash in your pocket!  The Sprint Cash Reward Program offers cash to Self-Help Federal members who add a new line or switch to Sprint.
  • Career Opportunities. Do you like what we do at Self-Help Federal? Interested in joining our team, or know someone who might be?  Click here for a list of our current job openings.
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