It is pretty common knowledge that every job application has a list of qualifications and requirements that an applicant is expected to meet. Some are particular to the job, but there are always the basics–years of related experience, education, and dependable transportation.
Without a way to get to and from work, it can be almost impossible for an applicant to gain employment or to hold onto it. Financial guidance organization Sound Outreach’s Andre Jimenez says, “One of the main barriers for our clients, seeking financial wellness, is the ability to secure reliable transportation. In the past, that barrier prevented clients from accepting high wage jobs.” Because of this, Sound Outreach and America’s Credit Union (ACU) have partnered to find a solution for those in need through the ACU’s Auto Concierge program.
The partnership started a little over a year ago and has proven quite successful. How it works: A Sound Outreach counselor works with their client, teaching them better financial practices. when they have gone through their educational process, they contact ACU where their application is reviewed. After qualifying, ACU’s Auto Concierge finds them a reliable car, negotiates a fair price with a local dealership, delivers the vehicle, and helps establish proper insurance coverage. ACU has helped many people through several programs, but this new auto program goes the extra mile. According to ACU’s Community Development Manager, Paul Miller, this program gives an individual look at every person’s case, considering the whole financial background story, not just the credit score.
Currently, the new Auto Concierge Program is the main focus of the partnership between ACU and Sound Outreach. “The whole concept is to help people buy an automobile that is more reliable for the foreseeable future,” says Miller. “The key is helping these people who are trying their best to move forward.” by Natalie Benson
Interview-Paul Miller- ACU Community Development Manager
Interview-Andre Jimenez- SO Development and Communications Manager