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. In early 2016 Self-Help Federal merged with Community Trust Federal Credit Union, formed in 1982 to serve Florida’s farm-workers. 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.