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Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union Opens Branch Inside Nexus Health Care Building

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Two formidable  leaders of local non-profit organizations, both African-American women, completed a partnership on Monday, February 26 when they clipped the ribbon on the new branch office of the Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union located within the Nexus Building of Neighborhood Health Association.

Doni Miller, CEO of NHA, and Suzette Cowell, CEO of TUFCU, have both built new structures for their operations in the past few years. This month, the two community organizations blended their goals – to improve the health, the physical and financial health, of the central city community.

On hand to celebrate the historic achievement were a host of elected officials, community activists and a number of contributors to the effort to improve and expand the services of the 50-year-old health organization and the 22-year-old financial institution.

Pastor Tim Pettaway, a TUFCU board member, opened the ceremony with prayer and NHA Board member Micheal Alexander explained the goal and mission of NHA.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz brought greetings from the City and District 4 Toledo City Councilwoman Yvonne Harper, in whose district the Nexus building sits, offered her congratulations to both organizations.

Founding members Bishop Duane Tisdale of Friendship Baptist Church, Edwin Mabry and Sheila Terry-Cook (representing her husband Bishop Edward Cook) shared their remembrances of the early days of the credit union – the struggles, the uncertainty, the inspirational moments, the faith that kept them going.

Richard LaValley, board president of the Toledo Urban Foundation, Inc, and the person primarily responsible for raising the funds for the new TUFCU building that opened more than a year ago, spoke of  how grateful he was to have been part of the TUFCU renaissance.

Closing remarks were offered by Miller, who spoke of the benefit of having the credit union within the confines of the health organization building. The goal of the credit union in easing the financial stresses of residents of the central city community, said Miller, is what inspired her to seek the presence of TUFCU in the Nexus Building in order “to help address the health concerns caused by several financial stress.”

Cowell spoke of the history of TUFCU, the early days of struggle, and the current expansion that is reaching ever-increasing number of residents.

The speeches were followed by the official ribbon cutting ceremony.





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