The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

When You’re In Need, Hope Matters

On October 6th, 2008, posted in: Uncategorized by

A recent newscast featured Service International and their ongoing efforts to assist in disaster ravaged areas throughout the area.  They have been very active in recent years, both locally and throughout the Midwest.  I happen to know that this great organization assisted tirelessly after Hurricane Katrina.  According to Channel 5 News, they were now off to Baton Rouge to assist in clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Gustav.  Just one more mission they willingly attack with vigor.

While the news feature was no more than a minute long, a message was delivered that I have not been able to get out of my mind.  They interviewed Pastor Jeff Perry, who framed the efforts of their good works by noting that Service International first provides hope and then they provide solutions.  How great is that?  A great plan is to unfold in a sequence that makes perfect sense – first hope and then solutions.  When a person is in need, hope matters…a lot.

That’s what St. Louis Community Credit Union provides.  First and foremost, we’re about hope.  I have heard it said that while we can survive a short window of time without water, a little longer without food, and not very long without air, we cannot live a single second without hope.  We have people who darken the doors of our credit union looking for hope.  For whatever reason, life got their finances out of control and they need a chance to right their wrong.  We’re the place.  As often as we can, we reserve judgment and provide hope.  We’re in the community to provide both hope and help.

We’ve got a toolbox full of solutions.  Whatever the scenario, we attempt to mix and match products and services to meet the members’ needs.  I have personally witnessed the anxiety, fear, and even tears, leave people like a rush when they know we can solve their situation.  In my 22 years here, countless people have shared with me that without the credit union, they have no idea where they would be.

First hope, and then help…I like it! It’s a plan that makes perfect sense to me.

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