This era of #StayHomeMN (and the slow move toward #StaySafeMN) is always uncertain, occasionally unnerving, and seemingly unending. But as we remain physically distanced, our team’s response is emotionally anchored by our unwavering belief in the power of community-based, people-centered responses to crises of any scale.
“Getting through this together” is not a catchphrase. Rather, it is a call to action. We are thrilled to see our community taking this to heart. Thanks to an unbelievably generous donation by a local Minnesotan couple, Exodus Lending is launching a multi-phase COVID-19 response effort to provide direct relief to participants.
We are also asking participants for their input, and their feedback will shape our next phase of relief efforts. Participants could not be more appreciative of this model and the donors’ generosity. As one participant wrote us,
Thanks so much for your generous help, especially at this most difficult time. I live alone and am almost 70 yrs. old. Finances have been very tight throughout this very trying time. You have helped me balance my budget.
Undeterred, our team is diligently working on our refinancing and response efforts to ensure predatory debt does not further derail Minnesotans’ lives. Your support keeps our unique programs operating uninterrupted.
Inspired by our ever-present keyboards, we are pivoting our annual summer event to be a week-long virtual fundraiser. Unfortunately, we cannot quickly escape this nightmare and return to some semblance of normal. However, we can shift our perspective while keeping tabs on our mission: to delete predatory debt, to create space for people to regain control, and to imagine an alternate and just economic reality.
Join us June 1st through the 5th, for Ctrl+Alt+Del Debt with Exodus Lending! Further details to come.
Since 2020 is not cooperating, we are also making space to reflect on the good times for our organization by releasing our 2019 annual report. So take a break from 2020 and read the full report.
In case you missed it, here are some of the latest news on predatory lending:
Exodus Lending E-Newsletter: May 2020