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Spring 2022 Program Updates

Child Development Associate Program PFS has launched our Early Learning Child Development Associate (CDA) Training Program in early 2022, and have gone through the first cohort. We are exiting the pilot phase and now planning our second cohort for the fall. The purpose of the CDA program is to support individuals with a pathway to a rewarding career working with children and at the same time to increase our teacher pipeline. Graduates will earn not…

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Programa “DriveForward” Ampliando el alcance de nuestro servicio

“Peninsula Family Service” anuncia su afiliación con “California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation’s CalMoneySmart Program” SAN MATEO, Calif. – Peninsula Family Service anuncia una nueva afiliación y otorga una subvención del Programa CalMoneySmart del Departamento de Protección Financiera e Innovación del Estado de California, para ampliar el alcance del servicio del departamento de Empoderamiento Financiero, con su programa de Educación Financiera. La asociación trabaja para llegar a las personas y familias, que pueden beneficiarse…

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Partnership with California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation’s CalMoneySmart Program

Peninsula Family Service announces partnership with California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation’s CalMoneySmart Program SAN MATEO, Calif. – Peninsula Family Services announces a new partnership and grant award from the State of California’s Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s CalMoneySmart Program to expand the reach of our Financial Empowerment’s Financial Education program. The partnership is working to reach individuals and families who can benefit from critical information about budgeting, the responsible use of credit,…

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Financial Empowerment Program Update

Financial Empowerment before COVID-19 Driving to the Future Carlos supports his wife and three young daughters by working for several delivery services. His livelihood is centered around owning a functioning car. He was at the repair shop more than at work  and knew that it was time to buy a reliable vehicle. Carlos saw an advertisement for our DriveForward Electric  loan program at his daughter’s preschool. A PFS Credit Specialist met with Carlos to create…

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Drive Forward EV Financial Assistance Program with the City of San José 

To help low- and moderate-income residents buy a new or used EV, the City of San José has partnered with Peninsula Family Service to launch the DriveForward EV Financial Assistance Program. The agencies will host three FREE 90-minute virtual workshops, accessible online and by phone on Saturday, August 29 (hosted in English) from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Saturday, September 26 (hosted in Spanish) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturday, October 10 (hosted in…

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Financial Empowerment Innovating Online

Our Financial Empowerment program staff have been busy shifting to remote services. In-person financial education workshops have moved online, and our staff are working by phone to meet the needs of our participants. Each current participant with a loan has been contacted to find out how we can help. Many of our loan holders have been able to obtain loan deferrals. Other participants who are in need of groceries and essential needs have been given…

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PFS Announces Partner Spotlight for 2019

Our long-standing DriveForward program provides affordable interest rates on vehicle loans for those who qualify. By combining professional financial counseling and assistance with thoughtful budgeting, we help participants end the cycle of financial instability and rebuild credit. In March, Peninsula Family Service (PFS) and Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) partnered to form the DriveForward Electric program, an incentive for DriveForward auto loan participants to receive $4,000 if they choose to purchase a used plug-in hybrid electric…

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Introducing DriveForward, Our New Vehicle Loan Program

After nearly 20 years of partnership with Ways to Work, we are excited to launch our own vehicle loan program, DriveForward. With this new program, we are expanding eligibility to serve more of our community and structuring loans to ensure the program can be successful for decades to come. In years past, our vehicle loans were available to parents who had been employed for at least three months. With DriveForward, we are opening our program up to…

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