Celebrate Janie Barrera and Accion Texas, Inc. on Wednesday, November 19th

Join Accion on Wednesday, November 19th from 6 – 9 p.m. at Aldaco’s Mexican Restaurant at Sunset Station to celebrate Janie Barrera’s Sweet 60th Birthday and Accion’s Celebration of 20 Years Funding Dreams. More info and details below:


Proposition 1

SAMCo_logoIn an effort to keep up with the San Antonio region’s growing congestion and transportation funding challenges, the San Antonio Mobility Coalition would like you to consider voting in favor of Proposition 1. The Texas general election ballot takes place on November 4, 2014.

What is Prop. 1

Proposition 1 would authorize annual disbursements from the State’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. An estimated $1.4 billion would be transferred into the State Highway Fund in the first year alone, as a first step in addressing a projected $4 billion annual funding shortfall for TxDOT.


Please view this AGC produced video featuring Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

View SAMCo’s video that takes a fresh look at the current congestion in San Antonio and the need for additional funding for the region.

TMI receives $1,000 grant from the National Association of Episcopal Schools for reading program

TMI vertical logo_colorThe Episcopal School of Texas is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) for its Reading Buddies program. Since 2010, TMI has partnered with elementary schools in the San Antonio  and Northside school districts to provide help with reading skills.

TMI mentors in grades 6-8 visit the schools monthly to read with students in first and second grade and to help them with their homework.

TMI Reading Buddies programDuring the first year of TMI’s Reading Buddies Program, seventh-graders visit Woodrow Wilson Elementary School to read with second graders.

With funds from the NAES grant. TMI will be able to launch a new program, “Books for Buddies, Reading for Keeps,” to provide at least one early-reader book for each of the younger students, to be given at the last meeting before winter break.

Studies consulted by TMI Librarian Lynn Lada show that having books in the home helps young learners keep up their reading skills and may extend benefits to other children in the family and even to parents who are working to improve their language or reading skills. One of the schools served, Mead Elementary, has many students from refugee families who fled Africa and Latin America and are all  learning English as a second language.

Plans for student-council fundraisers and a community book drive to be held during the 2014-2015 school year may make it possible for the TMI mentors to give the elementary-school students a second book at the end of the school year for summer reading.

Founded in 1893 by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI is a coeducational college-preparatory school serving students in grades 6-12, with optional military and boarding programs. NAES is a New York City-based membership association that provides support to Episcopal member schools nationwide.

Security Service Federal Credit Union receives best practice recognition from Credit Union Direct

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) has received a Best Practice Award in the category of Business Development from CU Direct (www.cudirect.com), the nation’s leading provider of lending, automotive and strategic solutions to the credit union industry. The award was presented during the Credit Union Service Organization’s (CUSO’s) annual credit union lending and marketing conference, held in May in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The proven sales philosophy for SSFCU’s indirect lending department has evolved into a sales-centric culture focused on delivering superior service throughout the application, decision and funding process. For example, SSFCU’s indirect lending department can receive an application, underwrite the loan, receive the loan package, process and fund the loan the same business day, all in a paperless environment.

“Our success lies behind the fact that our business model is both sustainable and replicable, contributing to our ongoing growth,” said Charles Goss, SSFCU’s executive vice president and chief lending officer. “We spend a lot of time training and coaching our loan officers in their communication skills. This leads to our being better able to assess and address dealer needs, as well as accurately identify trends, both negative and positive.”

“We greatly appreciate the work and dedication our credit union partners put into their lending programs,” stated Tony Boutelle, president and CEO of CU Direct. “Their accomplishments provide insight to the strategies and best practices that will contribute to the overall success of our credit unions’ loan programs.”

SSFCU has made significant strides in service capabilities to both dealer customers and members acquired through indirect lending channel.  This, in combination with targeted product offerings, has resulted in excellent growth for the credit union.  With the focus centered on developing new and enhancing existing dealer relationships, indirect lending booked $2.2 billion in 2011, $2.67 billion in 2012 and $2.9 billion in 2013.  During the first four months of 2014, $1.054 billion has been funded, compared with the first four months of 2013 of $840 million.  The credit union recently passed the $5 billion mark in indirect auto loans.

“According to the most recent reports, SSFCU funds one out of every four cars within the San Antonio area,” said Danny Lane, vice president, indirect lending. “We see our business growing steadily since our expansion into Colorado and Utah.”

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7.9 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-800-52-SSFCU.