Working in California, Illinois, and Florida – Examples In 2015 Self-Help Federal, in partnership with the Fresno EOC, opened a full-service credit union in southern Fresno, California. The credit union has been successful in linking low-income residents to safe and affordable financial services. We offer transactional 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. In early 2016 Self-Help Federal merged with Community Trust Federal Credit Union, formed in 1982 to serve Florida’s farmworkers. While the Community Trust merger brings Self-Help Federal its first branches in Florida, we have long served low-income communities in the state. We’ve partnered with local banks to help thousands of Floridians become homeowners and financed public charter schools in Florida, serving nearly 20,000 low-income children.