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FreeStar Financial Credit Union Receives MCUF Grant

FreeStar Financial CU is the most recent credit union to receive a Michigan Credit Union Foundation Community Enrichment Grant. FreeStar Financial has worked with the Vets Returning Home organization for several years and is now installing more than 25 clothing donation bins within their communities to help collect items to donate to the organization’s Thrift Store.

The Thrift Store provides veterans with essential items and sells the surplus. The activity also benefits low-income-designated communities in the area, who can purchase low-cost clothing from the store.

Vets Returning Home is a 501(c)3 volunteer organization that provides housing, clothing, transportation and educational resources to veterans in crisis. Its mission is to prevent homelessness and transition veterans into society as fully functioning community members. The facility has 43 beds and a commercial kitchen. Onsite services include employment readiness, job placement, benefit connections and life skills training. Over 250 veterans per year transition to stable lives via the Vets Returning Home program.

Vets Returning Home receives no government resources; it relies heavily on sales from its Thrift Store and constantly needs items to sell to the public. Funds raised sustain the organization by offsetting housing costs and assisting veterans living in the facility.

MCUF Community Enrichment Grants are available to help boost credit union initiatives aimed at improving financial well-being for people, families, businesses and communities in Michigan. MCUF works with cooperative donations to support credit union community enrichment, financial education and credit union development initiatives. Learn more, donate or apply for programs at MCUF.MCUL.org.

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