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:
9770 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
Sparks Crossing Branch
9600 S. McCarran Blvd.
Reno, NV 89523
295 Los Altos Pkwy., Suite 105
Sparks, NV 89436
Drop-off locations outside of the Reno/Sparks Area:
895 E St. Hawthorne, NV 89415
311 Bridge St. Winnemucca, NV 89445
201 N. Main Street Yerington, NV 89447
2711 Reno Hwy Fallon, NV 89406
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 was established in 1951 as a 50 member
credit union open to employees of the Reno-Bell Phone Company. In the past 69 years, Great Basin Federal Credit Union has grown to almost 20,000 members and over $186 million in assets. Membership is open to anyone living or working in Washoe County. Great Basin Federal Credit Union is committed to providing an honest, fair, and personal banking experience to the community and strives to be member- loved. For more information, please visit www.greatbasin.org or call 775.333.4228.
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.