Great Basin Federal Credit Union partners with Northern Nevada HOPES to assist people experiencing homelessness
RENO, NV (September 15, 2017) — Great Basin Federal Credit Union has partnered with Northern Nevada HOPES, a Reno, NV-based nonprofit community health center, to support its Housed and Healthy program by collecting supplies for people experiencing homelessness during the month of September.
As part of the Pack the Pak initiative, Great Basin (along with other Northern Nevada credit unions) will collect hygiene supplies and donations to help incentivize people experiencing homelessness to engage in HOPES’ health and wellness services. Community members can also go to nnhopes.org/pak/ to donate items through an Amazon Wish List or contribute funds to the program.
As part of the initiative, participating individuals will be given passports encouraging them to engage in HOPES’ wrap-around services such as primary care, case management, behavioral health counseling, food pickups and more. When people complete their passports, they will be eligible to receive a Citypak backpack filled with hygiene and life-sustaining supplies.
Suggested donation items include: socks, shaving cream, refillable water bottles, deodorant, lip balm, combs/brushes, sunscreen, soap, shampoo, hand and foot warmers, cleansing wipes, disposable razors, female hygiene products, non-perishable food items, bus passes, and grocery gift cards.
The credit union will host collection bins at three locations:
HOPES currently serves more than 9,000 low-income individuals living in northern Nevada. The Reno 2016 Point in Time Count found about 132 individuals living on the streets, 452 people staying the night in homelessness shelters, 392 people in transitional housing and 3,680 people living in weekly motels. People experiencing homelessness often transition between these living conditions depending on their resources and the time of year.
“The Housed and Healthy Program provides a path to permanent housing and peace for members of our community who live out on the streets,” said HOPES CEO Sharon Chamberlain. “It’s one part of a spectrum of solutions to making Reno a better place to live for every one of our neighbors.”
About Great Basin Federal Credit Union
Great Basin Federal Credit Union, established in 1951, is the largest Washoe County, Nevada-based credit union. There are three local branches, as well as access to over 5,000 shared branches and 30,000 fee-free ATMS thru the CO-OP network. Great Basin is proud of the excellent service it offers to its over 18,000 member-owners, including benefits like saving members an average of over $2,600 just by refinancing their car loans. Great Basin’s vision is simple: to be member-loved.
About Northern Nevada HOPES
Northern Nevada HOPES is a nonprofit community health center located in downtown Reno, Nevada. HOPES provides integrated medical and wellness services, with a focus on lowering barriers to care for underserved communities. Services offered include adult and pediatric primary care, chronic disease management, behavioral health counseling, substance use counseling, case management, nutrition, pharmacy, transportation, and community outreach and education. HOPES’ welcoming and innovative one-stop-shop healthcare model improves access to care for thousands of individuals and families in in northern Nevada.