Mascoma Savings Bank employee, Rachel Lazar, found herself and her family in a financial crisis when her husband lost employment earlier this year. She didn’t have to look far for help since Angel Hudson from Granite United Way’s Working Bridges program in the Upper Valley was making office visits to her branch as an in-house resource.
“When I met with Angel I was in such a state of crisis. We have an infant son and just bought our home. I wasn’t sure how we would manage,” said Rachel. “Her calmness was reassuring and I felt a huge weight lifted. She helped us navigate through our situation and even helped my husband find a new job.”
Angel Hudson and Prudence Pease are the “faces” of Granite United Way’s Working Bridges program, an employer collaborative convened by United Way dedicated to improving workplace productivity, retention, advancement, and financial stability for employees. On average, they see more than 130 clients each month. By minimizing employment barriers and maximizing supports, the program gives employees the tools they need to be successful. The program has recently expanded to ten companies: Alice Peck Day, Hypertherm, Kendal at Hanover, King Arthur Flour, Simon Pearce, Coop Food Stores, Dartmouth College, Mascoma Savings Bank, Mount Ascutney Hospital, and Timken.
“Working Bridges offers Mascoma Savings Bank employees critical resources to reduce instability in their home lives – making their lives better and making it easier to bring their best selves to their work,” said Clay Adams, CEO of Mascoma Savings Bank. “Granite United Way’s Working Bridges Program is a valuable resource to Upper Valley employers and employees.”