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Safety-net services provide vital resources for the hungry, the homeless, and the unemployed. But, what if instead of catching the fallen, we build a bridge over the safety net, one that offers people the support they need to achieve and maintain long-term financial stability?

About Our Financial Empowerment Programs

At Peninsula Family Service we’re working to permanently break cycles of debt and vulnerability through financial workshops, asset and credit-building tools, and alternatives to predatory lenders. Our multi-faceted financial empowerment program helps hard-working individuals navigate the extreme costs of living in our region. To maximize our impact, we collaborate with nonprofit partners, acting as a central hub to give participants unparalleled access to community resources.

Our research shows it’s working. Our participants are opening savings accounts, they’re qualifying for better loans with lower interest rates, their credit scores are improving, and the path to financial stability is becoming clearer than ever.

Our Financial Empowerment programs are offered at:

Our main office in San Mateo:
24 Second Avenue
San Mateo
Our San Jose office:
2635 N. First Street, Suite 248
San Jose

Interested in applying for one of our Financial Empowerment programs? Click the button below to fill out an application form. Once submitted, a member of our Financial Empowerment team will contact you to assist with the next steps in the process.

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Have questions or need help applying? Contact us today.

Peninsula Family Service takes a unique approach to improving the financial outlook of our community by getting to the root of instability. We focus our efforts on offering programs that build credit, increase assets, and improve financial literacy. These are not hand-outs, but hand-ups; tools that come alive when our participants apply their inspiring dedication and hard-work.

Our programs begin by laying a groundwork of financial education. Every year, we offer over 70 financial workshops to participants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. With a strong foundation in place, we layer on credit and asset building opportunities through affordable car loans, no-interest peer lending, matched savings accounts, and pre-paid debit cards.

These programs are as much about building hope as they are about building bank accounts. With a financial plan in place, and approachable tools to see that plan through, our neighbors can confidently walk the path to financial stability.

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