St. Louis Credit Union and Beyond Housing Join Forces to Make an Impact in the Local Community

Hazelwood, MO – The Helping People 1st Grant program was created by 1st Financial to support local non-profit organizations whose missions focus on job training, financial literacy, housing, or education efforts in the metro St. Louis area. In April, the Hazelwood branch of 1st Financial made a record breaking grant contribution to Beyond Housing.

Beyond Housing, a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, MO is changing lives daily by making an impact in the local community. Beyond Housing, founded in 1975, prides itself on making impacts in the following areas, “Education, housing, health, employment readiness and access, and economic development.” Chris Krehmeyer, CEO of Beyond Housing, has grown this organization to help as many communities possible in the St. Louis area.

During the month of April, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union collected donations from members while employees volunteered their time in support of Beyond Housing and their mission for helping entire communities become a better place to live.  “Beyond Housing is a nationally-recognized community development organization that provides support with housing, education, health, personal finance and employment” said Andrea Hale, Volunteer and Events Specialist, at Beyond Housing. Andrea went on to say, “Because of Beyond Housing’s employment readiness and access initiatives, 1st Financial wanted to do something special to support the efforts.”

To support Beyond Housing, the 1st Financial Hazelwood branch raffled off Cardinals Tickets, had bake sales, and barbequed to raise money. On May 3rd, the Hazelwood branch manager, Tanya Forsythe, presented a check in the amount of $1,188.83 to Beyond Housing.

About 1st Financial Federal Credit Union

Like all credit unions, 1st Financial is a member-owned, financial cooperative. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union was chartered on September 3, 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Today, with over 30,000 members and nearly $200 million in assets, 1st Financial is a St. Louis metro area financial institution dedicated to helping members achieve their financial dreams. For over 45 years 1st Financial has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services which returns profits to the members in the form of lower rates on loans and higher savings yields. The cooperative nature of credit unions enables 1st Financial to provide products and services at very reasonable rates.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri and a wide array of companies throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. 1st Financial is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial organization committed to providing quality services to the membership while demonstrating safe and sound business practices. Deposits are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the U.S. Government.

Not a credit union member? If you live, work, worship, attend school, or regularly conduct business in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County, Missouri, you can open an account today with 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Visit for more information.