What Our Partners Have to Say

David Bristol

Lighthouse Board Chair

“At Lighthouse, we seek to offer both hope and opportunity to people with low to moderate incomes. It just made sense to align with the team at Save First who can help further our mission of financial empowerment and serving our local community. This partnership has been in the works for several months, but now with COVID-19, we believe it is even more urgent that we make these financial wellness services available for our neighbors in need.”

Brett Bryant

Lighthouse Board Member

“The Lighthouse Financial Foundation has partnered with Save First Financial Wellness for many years now. We continue to see progress and transformation in the financial lives of our neighbors due to their expertise in financial counseling, dispersing emergency support and working with our other financial wellness partners.”

Steve Bernhoft

Lighthouse President

"(We) have forged a unique partnership with Save First Financial Wellness to empower Southwest Washingtonians in pursuit of greater financial freedom."

Rick Birkel

Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Oregon

"Financial literacy, and ultimately financial empowerment, are critical tools people, families and communities need to escape poverty and gain control of their lives. People who learn to manage a budget, improve their credit, save for emergencies and for major investments like education, an automobile or a home, are simply better off in every other area of their lives. When people gain control of their finances - they greatly expand their life options. In fact, here at Save First we have learned that everything goes better for people and families when finances are not a constant oppressive issue in their lives – marriages are better, people have better health and mental health and they perform better at work. As a result, helping people and families become masters of their finances is a cornerstone of our work and mission at Catholic Charities."

Brian Fershweiler

Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul

“Giving help and hope, one person at a time.”

Odalis Perez-Crouse

GOALS Program Supervisor, Home Forward

"We find our partnership with Save First to be extremely important for our program participants. Having experts we can rely on to support our families with financial education is critical to their success."

Rebekah Bassett

Family Economic Opportunity Program Director, Casa of Oregon

"Our partnership with Save First Financial Wellness has been instrumental in making sure that our VIDA program is accessible by many in the community who are most in need. Knowing that our shared clients will receive comprehensive coaching and financial education services provides a lot of assurance that folks are getting a lot of support."

Luke Bonham

IDA Program Manager, Neighborhood Partnerships

"Partnering with Save First Financial to make high-quality financial education opportunities more accessible to IDA savers across Oregon has been a great success! This partnership has leveraged their skills in developing and leading financial education for the benefit of IDA savers and non-profit partners across the state by offering on-demand financial education modules in English, Spanish, and Russian."

Emily Dixon

Family Self Sufficiency Program Supervisor, Vancouver Housing Authority

“Our partnership with Save First Financial has been instrumental in the success of our Family Self Sufficiency Program participants. Through Financial Education and one-on-one credit counseling, participants are actively reducing debt and improving their credit, building savings accounts and achieving homeownership. We are so appreciative of the staff and the partnership!”

Sarah Chenven

Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, Credit Builders Alliance

"Save First Financial Wellness is a great example of a program that integrates credit building as a key driver of overall financial success. Save First promotes credit as a financial asset and tool to help their clients achieve and sustain financial stability. CBA is proud to have Save First as a member through their parent organization, Catholic Charities of Oregon."