Sherryl knows better than most just how many curve balls life can throw your way. A Seattle native, she’s spent the last few years juggling a business, managing a family, and overseeing rental properties.
Her responsibilities intensified when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she became his power of attorney, assuming his affairs. Recognizing her father’s need for around-the-clock medical care, Sherryl moved him into an assisted living home, where he currently lives.
The costs associated with her father’s existing rental properties and his care snowballed quickly.
“I thought I had things in control,” Sherryl says. “But the finances became overwhelming. I didn’t want to lose everything my dad worked so hard for.”
Sherryl began using her personal finances to cover her father’s expenses, and she almost took on a second job.
Out of the blue, she got a call from Michael Milat, Branch Supervisor, of our Rainier branch. Her father’s inactive account was going to be escheated if she did not claim it. (READ MORE)
“I always remember dates. The moments my life changed.” For member Debra, April 9, 2009 is one of those dates.
It’s the day she got clean.
For 25 years, Debra fought drug and alcohol addiction, as well as bipolar disorder. She was often homeless and used most of what little money she acquired to feed her addiction. Compounding all of this was Debra’s struggle to receive the mental health care she desperately needed.
In a city that has witnessed rampant economic growth over the last decade, Debra felt powerless to access the bare necessities. (READ MORE)
Five years ago, Laurie could barely afford her car. Now, she estimates she’s less than one year away from becoming a homeowner.
“I can’t wait to be the one who decides when the heat gets turned on,” she laughs.
It’s a big milestone for anyone. Owning a home in one of the most competitive markets in the country is no small feat. For many members, this goal can feel nearly insurmountable. But Laurie is used to overcoming. (READ MORE)
"Tech was never on the table for me when I was younger," member Alison recalls. But after years as a linguist, she dreamed of a career change that would have a bigger impact on people. Alison recognized the power of tech to help people all over the world, and knew she wanted to be a part of the creation. Ada Developers Academy empowered her with the knowledge and confidence to break into the tech scene. Now, Alison's living her dream and working to make the tech industry more inclusive. (READ MORE)
Like other dynamic cities around the world, Seattle thrives on the passion and ambition of a diverse population. As Seattle booms, people from all over the world continue to move here, seeding their dreams in a region ripe with opportunity. However one defines prosperity, the Pacific Northwest provides a path to it. For Seattle Credit Union member Musa, his journey to prosperity included achieving U.S. Citizenship. (READ MORE)
Rob and his wife watched the ultrasound screen rapt with anticipation for updates from their doctor about their expected newborn. The California couple received surprising news from the doctor that they would not only be adding one, but two, healthy babies to their family.
As the dust settled, Rob and his wife set out to financially plan for the twin dynamic they would soon welcome into their household with open arms. (READ MORE)
What does prosperity mean to you? For Seattle Credit Union members David and Viki it meant seeking wider, more open, outdoor space in the land of eagles and orcas. The married couple ditched big city life in Seattle for a simpler one in Port Townsend. Full of beautiful, natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula known for its Victorian buildings, annual cultural events, and maritime activity. (READ MORE)
Ken came to the US from Xian, China, at 19 years old, landing in Bellevue. Now he’s the owner of a thriving Asian grocery business, Asian Food Center, a destination market for a ‘taste of home’ with three locations in the Pacific Northwest—Bellevue, Seattle, and Beaverton, Oregon. A grand opening this fall celebrates a major expansion of his first store in Bellevue. (READ MORE)
Kim is a single grandmother of three young children, and not too long ago was just getting by financially. In 2014, Kim worked with one of our loan specialists to refinance her Subaru. Since then, Kim has saved nearly $100 a month. Now, she can take her grandchildren on miniature vacations. More importantly, Kim can provide an environment in which her grandchildren thrive. (READ MORE)
Veronica, entrepreneur and owner of Charlies Buns N Stuff. Veronica and her team roam around Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue in their food trucks serving up locally-sourced burgers, cheesesteaks, and tasty sides. When Veronica needed business products and services to start and expand her business, we were eager to answer the call. We feel privileged to take care of her banking, so she can take care of her business. (READ MORE)
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