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PORTLAND, Ore. December 22, 2022—OnPoint Community Credit Union will triple match donations of $125 or more (up to $10,000) to Raphael House of Portland, now through December 31, 2022, as part of the agency’s end-of-year giving campaign. OnPoint’s match will allow people in the community to maximize the impact of their gifts to the nonprofit, advancing its mission to provide comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence and financial abuse. OnPoint will also donate $5,000 to FinAbility, an emerging nonprofit that provides trauma-informed financial support, to expand its effort to address the impacts of financial abuse.
Financial abuse occurs in 99% of domestic violence cases and is a method to exert power and keep survivors trapped in abusive relationships, according to the Center for Financial Security (CFS). Financial abuse includes tactics that control or limit a survivor’s access to assets such as cash, bank accounts, credit lines and vehicles. It also includes limiting a survivor’s access to economic opportunities through employment and education. As with all forms of abuse, financial abuse occurs across all socio-economic, educational, racial and ethnic groups.
“This link between domestic and financial abuse compels us to take action and support organizations doing essential work to help survivors find safety,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Financial empowerment is foundational to a healthy life and community. We’re moved by the work of Raphael House, FinAbility and other nonprofits to give survivors the tools they need to gain financial security and freedom from abuse.”
Raphael House of Portland has provided survivors with confidential emergency shelter and wraparound support for 45 years. In addition to providing immediate safety, housing assistance, youth programming, and ongoing mentorship, Raphael House supports survivors in overcoming the long-term impacts of domestic and financial abuse. Partnering with FinAbility, Raphael House connects survivors with digital tools and resources to help them achieve financial security and independence.
“An essential part of our work is giving survivors tools to shape their own futures and end the cycle of violence,” said Emmy Ritter, Executive Director of Raphael House of Portland. “We’re profoundly grateful to OnPoint for its generosity, which helps make our many services possible. These services include critical programming that centers economic empowerment, so that the families we work alongside can build safe, new lives free from abuse.”
OnPoint’s contribution expands on its partnership with Raphael House, which began back in 2009. In 2020, OnPoint donated $25,000 to Raphael House as part of the credit union’s annual holiday giving campaign. The donation was enough to provide 250 days of round-the-clock safety and support for survivors in the shelter. In addition to these donations, OnPoint employees also volunteer for Raphael House programs like SWAG (Survivors are Worthy, Awesome and Gutsy), a survivor-led mentorship group that meets weekly to develop life skills such as financial literacy.
Raphael House partners with FinAbility to financially empower survivors of domestic abuse. FinAbility’s staff has expertise in tech and finance and builds digital tools that make financial education and resources accessible to survivors. OnPoint’s $5,000 donation to FinAbility augments its crowdfunding campaign, which concludes on January 6, 2023. The proceeds will expand FinAbility’s one-on-one financial counseling program for survivors, increase its discoverability online, where 95% of survivors seek support and allow the nonprofit to hire a full-time chief executive officer. To learn more about FinAbility and financial abuse, visit www.finabilityus.org. Please note these examples may be triggering and upsetting to read.
“As a survivor, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges survivors of domestic abuse and stalking endure,” said Stacy Sawin, Co-Founder and CEO, FinAbility. “Ending these cycles of abuse requires a community effort. Survivors need the financial resources, shelter, and advocacy and mentorship programs that Raphael House provides. And we need partners like OnPoint to help us sustain and grow our work.”
To make a secure donation, visit raphaelhouse.ejoinme.org/DonateNow or mail a check to Raphael House of Portland. More information about OnPoint’s community giving efforts is available at www.onpointcu.com/community-giving.
ABOUT ONPOINT COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION
OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving over 500,000 members and with assets of $9.1 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union’s membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.
ABOUT RAPHAEL HOUSE OF PORTLAND
Raphael House of Portland has provided life-saving shelter and wraparound support for survivors of domestic violence for 45 years. By offering safety to adults and children of all gender identities, their programs help families end the cycle of violence and obtain the housing, employment, and stability they deserve. Raphael House also works to prevent abuse and sex trafficking through prevention education programming in local schools and throughout our community. Last year alone, the organization’s services reached 4,229 survivors and community members. Learn more at www.raphaelhouse.com.
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