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Numerica donates $100K

| December 23, 2020 1:00 AM

COEUR d'ALENE — A $100,000 donation from Numerica Credit Union is helping more than 30 homeless people transition out of a shelter and into a permanent, stable home this season.

“We are carrying out our mission of enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams and building communities by helping these families have a safe home to live their dreams,” CEO Carla Cicero said. “We know there’s no place like home for the holidays. Together with our nonprofit partners, we are truly changing lives.”

The year-end gift is guided by homeless services organizations in Numerica’s four markets: Volunteers of America in Spokane; St. Vincent de Paul in North Idaho; Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee in Tri-Cities, and Women’s Resource Center in Wenatchee

Numerica decided on the holiday partnership after seeing its nonprofit partners respond to growing demands for support services in 2020. As emergency needs competed for limited funds, moving clients into permanent housing proved to be a struggle.

“This year, COVID-19 disproportionately impacted our community’s most vulnerable populations,” Cicero said. “Those experiencing homelessness have been hit hard. We are honored to help move families and individuals out of shelters and into homes.”

The 2020 “Home for the Holidays” effort was the latest in an annual tradition of community generosity at Numerica. Past efforts included surprise donations to nonprofits. Last year, Numerica paid off $25,000 in student lunch debt at local elementary schools.

This year's gift will benefit more than 20 families including 16 children.