Puget Sound Women’s Show

Puget Sound Women’s Show Goes Red

Saturday, February 8th, 11am-4pm

Tacoma Mall’s Macy’s Court

Tacoma Mall and ShowCase Magazine and the American Heart Association co-host the Puget Sound Women’s Show. This heart felt event focuses on having fun and loving yourself!

Imagine the bliss evoked while having a free chair massage and hand aroma therapy…ohhhh la la! Discovering cutting edge health knowledge, great wellness and beauty advice and new fashion ideas. The American Heart Association will share a story of heart felt challenge and change.

The first two hundred and fifty ladies to register receive a FREE gift bag and are entered to win an overnight stay and dinner at the award-winning Alderbrook Resort and Spa. The resort was selected as the best resort by Evening Magazine in 2009 and was awarded four crowns by Northstar Media Travel.

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Back On the Road to Success With ACU

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

USO Northwest Welcomes New Center

Northwest military members and their families have another great option to access services and programs: the new USO Camp Lewis Center. The center opened in November on Joint Base LewisMcChord in a space donated by and shared with America’s Credit Union. Ken Leonard, CEO of ACU, donated the 1,911-square-foot space and also presented the USO-NW with a check for over $12,000 to help fund programs at the new facility.

The primary mission of the USO is to support America’s troops. It has developed a wide range of programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s military and their families. For service members from Lewis Main or Lewis North, the bustling USO Shali Center on McChord Field can be challenging to access, so the new Camp Lewis Center is a welcome option.

The new center features a troop lounge with multiple televisions, computers with free internet, an Xbox gaming system, support to base operations during troop deployments and an information hub for USO programs. The center also offers United Through Reading, part of the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program. This story time programming helps military families stay connected by assisting deployed service members to record themselves reading their child’s favorite story and then have that recording shipped home.

The Camp Lewis facility is the fourth USO Northwest location, after McChord Field, Sea-Tac International Airport and Portland International Airport. With the help of more than 600 volunteers, USO Northwest serves over 750,000 military service members and their families annually.

USO Northwest provides support to those who need it most. This may include troops deploying overseas and returning home, military families, wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. The new center expands the reach of the USO to more service members and families, who have shown an increased demand for the important services provided through the USO.


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