Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donations

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Desert Valleys continues earthquake relief through loans, donationsDesert Valleys Federal Credit Union has raised upwards of $10,000 in relief funds, issued more than 50 low-interest loans and taken multiple truckloads of much-needed donations to the Trona community following the 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes that have left many in unliveable conditions.

“Our first thought was that we have people who have immediate needs,” Desert Valleys CEO Eric Bruen in an interview Monday morning, when his office made available $1 million in loans. Individuals can apply for up to $1,000 in cash for any needs that have resulted following the earthquakes.

“This is a stop-gap to try and make sure you have financial piece of mind,” he said.

He expects that his institution will have completed around 80 loans by the end of the week.

First payments are not due until Oct. 15. “The purpose is to give you 90 days to file for any insurance claims, FEMA assistance, state assistance — anything that to provide you with the assistance needed to replace or repair what’s been lost.”

“Our big focus has been on providing support to Trona,” he said in an update on Thursday, where residents were without water and power for days. “Many in the community got their first shower in a week when portable showers were brought in.”

Through community contributions and staff commitments, they were able to purchase thousands of dollars worth of personal hygiene kits for residents.

“We were established in 1946 as Searles Lake Community Federal Credit Union,” he said during his Monday interview. “We served that community faithfully, we still do today.”

He thanked the community for its outpouring of support, and for those who have helped them reach 20 percent of their goal to raise $50,000 in relief.

Bruen said that those in need can still apply for loans. For more information call 760-446-3500, or stop by 100 E. Ward Ave.

Pictured: Desert Valleys staff sorts through donations sent to Trona — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-07-11