Piedmont Housing Alliance Wins SunTrust Foundation Lighting the Way Award

Recognized for its contributions in the area of financial counseling, Piedmont Housing Alliance was awarded a 2018 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation. The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards recognizes select nonprofit organizations that strengthen their local communities through programs that help people better their circumstances and gain financial confidence.

Karen Klick and Melissa Yuille attended the awards event in Atlanta, Georgia

“We’re committed to building stronger communities, and our nonprofit partners are addressing community needs in innovative and very meaningful ways,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Piedmont Housing Alliance is improving the lives of many people, and we applaud their mission, long-term service and the impact they’re making where it’s most needed.”

“Piedmont Housing Alliance’s certified housing counselors work tirelessly to help hundreds of people each year build family financial stability. With one-on-one coaching, free education classes, and access to financial resources, housing counselors support clients to learn financial management skills, improve credit scores, reduce debt, save for the future, find affordable housing, prevent foreclosure, and become first time home buyers. This award honors our team of counselors and the hard work of thousands of clients striving for a better financial future. This grant will help us reach more people in our community, connecting them to a place to call home,” said Karen Klick, deputy director of Piedmont Housing Alliance. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation is committed to supporting a wide range of financial well being efforts through grants and partnerships with local philanthropic organizations. To date, the SunTrust Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to organizations across the United States.

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $140 million throughout the United States.