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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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A Tale of Perseverance, Teamwork, and Positivity

Timothy is a big man towering at 6’6” and his presence can be intimidating. However, when he speaks we quickly see that he is a soft-spoken gentleman with a kind demeanor and good attitude. Timothy found Peninsula Family Service (PFS) by applying to the DriveForward auto loan program. As Aileen Ochoa, our financial empowerment coordinator, worked with Timothy, it became clear that he should enroll in our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), to gain…

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Success Story: Undefined by Age

I met Joanne in April of 2015. She was a new applicant to our Second Careers program and I was helping her with her initial paperwork. I remember how warm and capable she was, but what sticks with me the most is how carefully she took notes, jotting down each of the forms and documentation she needed to complete her intake. You could just tell that getting into our program was important to her. Her…

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