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1st United Credit Union “Steps Up,” Empowering Women to Find Financial Independence after Abuse
June 30, 2017
For the past year, 1st United Credit Union has provided support to the Alameda County Family Justice Center’s (ACFJC) STEP-UP program which seeks to empower survivors of domestic violence to take control of their independence.
Through the 7-week STEP-UP program – which stands for Survivor Training and Empowerment Program, Utilizing Your Potential – participants are taught financial literacy, employment success strategies, goal setting, and other life skills. During the past year, 1st United has taught the basics of money management, credit scores, debt management, and identity theft protection to almost 100 women.
“Our goal is to give these women the tools to feel in control of their finances,” explains Greg Pulliam, 1st United Credit Union’s Chief Administrative Officer. “Our trainers try to instill in the participants the discipline to make the right financial choices while living within their means which will keep them on track to meet their financial goals.”
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying or leaving in a domestic violence situation. For 1st United Credit Union, partnering with the ACFJC is a means to helping their neighbors. “It’s just another way we can give back to our community beyond donations - by providing hands-on support through volunteerism and financial literacy.”
Envisioned by the Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, and led by Executive Director, Cherri Allison, Esq., the nationally-recognized ACFJC provides comprehensive services to victims of interpersonal violence in a collaborative and coordinated way – all under one roof.