United Federal Credit Union Gives $1,000 to the Sojourner Truth House

GRIFFIN, IN (July 1, 2013) United Federal Credit Union (UFCU) contributed $1,000 towards the Sojourner Truth House (STH), serving Gary and Lake County, Ind. The organization offers life essentials, and the training and support necessary for participants to overcome issues that impact their ability to lead productive, healthy lives. More than 2,000 women, men and children are provided for annually.

Named after Sojourner Truth, and her unwavering belief in the human spirit, the organization offers personalized case management and individualized goal setting.

“Sojourner Truth House determines the needs of its clients and provides the means for them to overcome impoverishment while assisting those struggling with poverty, abuse, or homelessness,” explained UFCU Griffith Branch Manager Sylvia Torbica.

A team of dedicated staff and  volunteers work together to serve those in need, providing necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. The ministry also centers on self-reliance, with participants completing a coaching and educational series. The program features training in job skills, hygiene, budgeting, and finding safe and affordable housing.

“The founding principles of the Sojourner Truth House, which include community, simplicity, and dignity and respect for all, match those of UFCU,” added Torbica.

Sister Peg Spindler, one of the leaders of STH, works tirelessly for the organization and families she serves. “The majority are single parent households, making their situation all the more challenging,” elaborated Torbica. “At UFCU, we’re glad to offer our support to help Sister Peg fulfill her dream.”

One of the most significant women in U.S. history, Sojourner Truth dedicated herself to equality and freedom and was an early advocate for women’s rights. Truth was born a slave and eventually gained her freedom in 1827. The rest of her life was spent serving those less fortunate, and, helping hundreds gain freedom through the Underground Railroad. Truth also inspired everyone around her to fight for what they believe, as does the team at STH.

Introduced to the organization by the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors and the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana, Torbica said she was inspired to learn more about STH, and have UFCU become part of the vision for this growing organization.

UFCU presented a check to Spindler and STH. “It was a moving experience, seeing our corporate friends and neighbors come together for an organization that serves so many,” concluded Torbica. With more than 23 locations nationwide, each UFCU branch reaches out to make their communities a better place.

About UFCU
United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 by helping them to build a sound financial future. UFCU consists of more than 118,000 Member/owners worldwide, and manages assets in excess of $1.5 billion. Its corporate offices and main branch are located in St. Joseph, Mich., with additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio. UFCU has been named the Michigan Credit Union League Outstanding Credit Union of the Year 2013.

About The Sojourner Truth House
Located in Gary, Ind., the Sojourner Truth House was established in 1997 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to meet the needs of the underserved in Gary and Lake County, Indiana. Sisters from the Congregation of St. Agnes later joined the effort. STH is a village of hope that empowers women and their children. Starting with just two employees, the organization now employs 19 whose collaborative actions inspire the human spirit, so participants can improve their quality of life.

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