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MEDA Sharing its Financial Coaching Model in California’s Central Valley

One of the many highlights of a recent MEDA Financial Capability training was lunch at a neighborhood eatery. This “shop within a shop” featured only one item on its menu: Mexican mole prepared daily by the owner herself, just like she used to do in her home state of Oaxaca. This is the way many…

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Dancer Jeremy Smith Steps into a New Role as MEDA Tax Volunteer

“Volunteering is about more than taxes. People come in expecting that just their taxes will be done, but they end up with so much more,” says MEDA Free Tax Preparation volunteer Jeremy Smith. Over the last three months, Jeremy has gingerly balanced his life as a dancer at ODC with his desire to give back…

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Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos’ Speech at 2018 Tax Season Volunteer Thank-You Event

With the season having ended this week, it was time last night to honor the almost 150 volunteers who served 4,400 community members, with around $5 million returned via free tax preparation in San Francisco. At the event, Financial Assets Program Manager Jackie Marcelos (photo, right, accompanied by volunteer Noemi Chin-Moran), gave an impassioned speech,…

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Applying for CalFresh is a SNAP at MEDA

CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, is California’s implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This vital program aims to reduce hunger for low-income Californians by providing assistance for purchasing food. According to Feed America — an organization with a mission “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks…

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JPMorgan Chase Grants MEDA $600K to Replicate Innovative Financial Capability Service-Integration Model

JPMorgan Chase & Co. knows that too many people lack the tools and resources to manage their daily financial lives, whether for unexpected emergencies or to plan for the future. To help improve financial health, the company provides grants to impactful community-based organizations such as MEDA, which was recently awarded $600,000. MEDA and JPMorgan Chase know that…

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From 0-750 in 6 Months? It’s MEDA’s Secured Credit Card to the FICO Score Rescue

Financial Capability is a thread that ties together MEDA’s service integration model, as evidenced daily at Plaza Adelante, the nonprofit’s Mission neighborhood center. Whether a client’s goal is to find a job or buy a first home or start a small business, one’s finances being in order is essential. The Need Jaqueline Marcelos, MEDA Financial…

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