Working in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin– Examples On May 1, 2017, the branch operations of Seaway Bank and Trust became a Division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Known for its rich community history, the bank was established in 1965 as Seaway National Bank of Chicago. It was created to counter discriminatory lending practices on Chicago’s South Side. Self-Help will continue the mission to provide quality products and services and build relationships that create and protect economic opportunity in the communities we serve. We welcome Seaway to the Self-Help Family with 6 branches in the Greater Chicago area and one branch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2017 Self-Help Federal opened a full-service credit union in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood. The credit union has been successful in linking low-income residents to safe and affordable financial services. We offer transnational services, credit union accounts, and loans that meet the community residents’ needs in a responsible and culturally appropriate manner. When federal regulators closed a Chicago savings and loan in a Latino neighborhood, Self-Help Federal partnered with community organizations to keep the branches open, assist borrowers and preserve a key financial resource for the neighborhood. On September 1, 2016, Self-Help Federal merged with Family Federal Credit Union. Family Federal was founded in 1983 by Father Luis Valbuena, OMI, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wilmington, California, to serve the financial needs of parishioners and the community. It continues to serve the needs of working-class Latino families through its one branch located in the heart of Wilmington – a community in the harbor area of Los Angeles, approximately 15 miles south of downtown. Behind all of these examples, there’s a story. We have launched a series of short documentaries to preserve the histories of credit unions that have joined Self-Help in recent years. Go to Stories from our Vault to meet the community leaders and ordinary people who have worked to bring greater economic opportunities to underserved areas.