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Client Success Story: Hector Ayala’s Taxing Situation Remedied

Hector Ayala is a friendly, dignified 82-year-old Mission resident who likes the feel of a paintbrush in his hand. Now, we’re not talking slapping a new coat of paint on houses: Hector has been painting San Francisco street scenes for years in his rental space on San Carlos Street. All was fine until 2007, when a…

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Client Success Story: De De Tillman Sings the Praises of Financial Health

De De Tillman is a friendly woman, with an energetic gift of gab that keeps you hanging on every word. “I am a second cousin to Aretha Franklin. I’ve never met her though, and I can’t sing,” she starts off upon meeting her. De De (photo left) has been coming to MEDA’s Plaza Adelante, the…

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MEDA Works with Clients During “America Saves Week”

by Christi Baker MEDA Director of Asset Building Programs  The national background “America Saves Week,” a national event that started yesterday, is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Now in its ninth year, this is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own…

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Client Success Story: Karina Acevedo Named MEDA “SparkPoint Client of the Year”

The challenges have been many for Karina Acevedo, the doting mother of a son named Chuy, who was diagnosed with autism in his early infant years. Karina’s goal was to have an affordable place she could call home in San Francisco, her beloved city of two decades—a home where she can meet Chuy’s needs. Family Success…

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MEDA November 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Laura Ospina Jaramillo

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Laura Ospina Jaramillo Program: Asset Building Programs…

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Dollars and Sense: MEDA Reflects on Its Financial Coaching

CFED’s recent blog on how financial coaching leads to long-term stability prompted MEDA staff to reflect on the nonprofit’s own work in that area. Financial coaching meets families where they are, focuses on financial goals set by the families and provides ongoing support through a one-on-one relationship with a coach. This approach–used broadly in the health, wellness…

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MEDA TechCrunch Guest Blog: How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

NOTE: The below is a guest blog by MEDA’s Mattias Kraemer, Deputy Director of Asset Building, that appeared on the popular site, TechCrunch, on October 11, 2014. In 2014, the financial services industry is looking to technology as a vital link between financial capability and under-resourced communities. Investments in these technologies are imperative to alleviate economic…

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NCLR Conference: Senator Warren Speaks on National Level; MEDA’s Granados Speaks on Local Level

It’s a long way from working-class roots as the daughter of a maintenance man in Oklahoma City to becoming a Harvard Law School professor and now a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts who is beloved by progressives. Elizabeth Warren’s success story is laudable, plus her championing the message of economic prosperity for all Americans is welcomed…

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MEDA June 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Agne Nugaraite, Financial Capability

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Agne Nugaraite Program: Financial Capability Why did…

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Paying it Forward: Young Adults Teach Young Adults Dollars & Sense

When Juan Carlos started MEDA’s free, 10-week Bilingual Bank Teller Program, where 17- to 24-year-olds learn how to work in the financial sector, the last thing he thought he’d be doing at the end of the course was teaching other  young adults what he had just learned. The City College student, focusing on economics, came…

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