Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance and Centier Bank team up to support the working poor, ALICE population

Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance and Centier Bank team up to support the working poor, ALICE population
By: United Way of Porter County Last Updated: July 2, 2019

The Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance and Centier Bank have partnered to provide access to financial education and no- to low-cost banking services geared to help the working poor, the population known as ALICE.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and is the term used by United Way to describe cash-strapped households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but not enough to cover all their expenses. These households have to make tough choices to survive, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, filling a needed prescription or fixing the car.

The Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance network, spearheaded by United Way, connects families to free financial education workshops, no- to low-cost banking services, tax preparation services, emergency support services and more.

“These households struggle to provide for their most basic needs,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “The financial stability services provided through the Alliance help families rise above the struggles to improve their financial situation. We could not accomplish this work without the help of great supporters like Centier Bank.”

The Alliance serves Elkhart, Lake, LaPorte, Porter and St. Joseph counties. In the five-county region approximately 24% (108,942) of households are ALICE.

“For over a decade, Centier has been intimately involved in this important work,” said Dian Reyome, community relations & financial capabilities officer at Centier Bank. “The success of a community is directly related to the education, health and financial stability of its residents. We want residents to know we’re here to help them succeed.”

For more than 20 years, Reyome has been a powerhouse for financial literacy and access to banking services for ALICE families. Most recently, she served on the Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance Steering Committee. Reymone is retiring, but her successor, Lauren Zurbriggen, will continue Centier Bank’s work with the Alliance.

The Alliance is supported by Centier Bank and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. To learn more about Alliance services and how to support the effort, visit NIBOA.org.

The Northern Indiana Bank On Alliance helps residents access financial education and essential banking services. The Alliance is a collaboration of more than 50 community partners, including financial institutions, across five counties - Elkhart, Lake, Porter, LaPorte and St. Joseph. The Alliance is powered by United Way and supported by Centier Bank and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. For more information, visit NIBOA.org.

United For ALICE provides a comprehensive study about the financial hardships that U.S. families are facing. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This project raises awareness about the large, hidden segment of the population struggling to afford basic necessities. To access county and state reports, visit unitedforalice.org.

United Way of Porter County works to lead community collaboration, unite residents and inspire action to improve lives in Porter County. In 2018, United Way of Porter County provided more than $2.3 million to support more than 50 social service programs ranging from emergency and basic needs services to childcare and education services. To learn more, visit unitedwaypc.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.