Family Services Receives 2014 Walmart Performance Award for Successfully Operating Ways to Work Program

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pittsburgh, PANovember 21, 2014 — Ways to Work®, Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution helping credit-challenged families achieve increased self-sufficiency, announced its 2014 Walmart Performance Awards winners. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania was recognized as a Premium Program Honorable Mention Award winner for their leadership and excellence in operating the program in their community.

Ways to Work provides families with challenging credit histories access to affordable loans to purchase a reliable pre-owned car. With the funds in place to secure stable transportation and other essentials for holding down a job and moving forward, Ways to Work has helped more than 34,500 families achieve financial stability. The program also provides a strong return on investment for donors and is highly successful in helping families not only retain, but improve their job status and quality of life.

2014 Walmart Performance Award winners have demonstrated proven success by assisting a large number of families in their communities and managing a high-quality loan portfolio. In recognition of their outstanding performance, Family Services is also the recipient of a $2500 grant from Ways to Work.

“We applaud Family Services of Western Pennsylvania for their hard work and efficiency. Their Ways to Work program is more relevant than ever as evidenced by a recent Brookings Institute study that found that 20 percent of the 6.3 million American workers without a vehicle borrowed a car to get to work,”  said Carl Lane, senior managing director of Ways to Work. “This is what leads so many struggling families into the predatory subprime auto lending market, which continues to grow at a staggering rate.”

“Ways to Work is a program we believe in and one that is filling a vital need in our community,” said Stephen Christian-Michaels, President and CEO for Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. “For many families, owning a car is the gateway to better, higher paying jobs, access to better child care options, and so much more. We work hard to serve those families and thank Ways to Work for acknowledging our efforts.”