Community News - 03/2019

SEFCU extends helping hand to Equinox's Transitional Living Program.

The SEFCU Community team is helping homeless youth get back on their feet and ready for positive steps forward. 

Last month, SEFCU presented a $25,000 grant fund Equinox’s Transitional Living Program (TLP), which provides housing and a variety of support services to homeless youth. The grant will assist with funding dinners and providing bus passes to help youth attend school, work, job interviews, and medical appointments. 

“For more than two decades, SEFCU has been a steadfast supporter of Equinox — investing in our mission of addressing chronic social issues, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and youth homelessness,” said Director of Development & Community Relations Christina Rajotte. 

SEFCU employees presenting check to Equinox's Transitional Living Program

Rajotte said SEFCU supports Equinox in various ways, from funding programs and events to providing volunteers for Equinox’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner and delivering gifts for families in our domestic violence shelter during the holiday season.

“We are seeing locally, and across the country, that the largest age population increase in individuals experiencing homelessness is our youth,” said SEFCU Chief Community Officer Kathy Lanni. “It is important for SEFCU to assist programs that have the recipe for success such as Equinox’s Transitional Living Program. They are providing critical services to support these individuals and put them on a path towards well-being.”

Equinox has been serving the Capital Region for more than 45 years. The organization is a leader in providing counseling, emergency shelter programs, and other support services to youth who have been alienated from their families, their communities, and from traditional social services. 

“Together, SEFCU and Equinox’s TLP help enable homeless youth to not only envision a positive future, but to actually build a path toward it, becoming productive members of our community,” said Christina Rajotte.

Supporting a program that empowers youth and shows them the positive path forward is another way that SEFCU is helping people become part of something bigger and changing lives every day.