RB Ramsey, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Populus Financial Group presents a $144,456 donation to**Gerald Belkofer, Alumni and Bill Turner, Member Services Coordinator at the Dallas/ Fort Worth chapter of Back on My Feet.
The unpredictable economic circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic raised homeless rates in America.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that 580,466 people experienced homelessness in the United States on a single night in 2020, an increase of 12,751 people, or 2.2 percent, from 2019.
Undoubtedly, this information is unsettling, but there are groups fighting to make a difference.
Fortunately, the efforts of Back on My Feet (BOMF), a national organization operating in 15 major cities across the U.S., have revolutionized the way society approaches homelessness. Their unique program model has helped over 7,500 members find employment and housing, with 83% of those members maintaining employment past 15 months.
These achievements are enormous steps, and we commend BOMF for all that they do.
To show our support, ACE Cash Express (ACE), a Populus Financial Group brand, raised $44,456 in the month of May to support the Los Angeles, Denver, Baltimore, and Fort Lauderdale Chapters of BOMF with their workforce development program. This program provides their members with the necessary training and certifications to build new skill sets, opening doors to new job opportunities.
Populus Financial Group also made a corporate donation of $100,000. This donation helps fund our annual Dallas breakfast and the virtual financial literacy program that we are working to develop with BOMF.
“We are grateful for ACE Cash Express’s commitment to our community, not only through their generous funding but also for their executive leadership, financial literacy workshops, and employee volunteers. ACE meets our members at multiple points along their journey and helps us to provide them with the tools for success.”
- Katy Sherratt, BoMF CEO
How ACE Cash Express Helps Fight Homelessness
ACE strongly believes in enriching the community and providing second chances for all that seek it. For this reason, we have partnered with BOMF to help combat homelessness through our annual Give a Little Campaign.
The Give a Little Campaign
The Give a Little Campaign is a national in-store fundraiser that supports charities chosen by ACE employees. The charities selected are those focused on helping children, supporting education, and promoting financial literacy. By supporting Back on My Feet, ACE can help individuals combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.
Nationally, the 2021 Give A Little Campaign raised more than $188,000 for the local chapters of charities across the country, including AdoptAClassroom.org, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Autism Speaks, Back on My Feet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America’s Local Food Banks, Homes For Our Troops, Humane Society of the United States, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Save the Children, and Triumph Over Kid Cancer. This fundraiser is a part of the ACE Community Fund, ACE’s charitable-giving program, which has donated more than $15 million since its inception in 2004 to organizations in communities where ACE operates.
To learn more about how you can help fight homelessness in your city, visit the BOMF website.