December 18

Bridging the gap

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 1854, it was estimated that more than 30,000 abandoned children were living on the streets of New York City. That year, a movement to find these children, and others from large cities, a home was born. Its name: The Orphan Train.The aptly named Orphan Train brought orphans cross-country, primarily to the Midwest. The most notable stop, as featured in books and plays, is the state of Minnesota. To this day children of the Orphan Train who were adopted by Minnesota families still gather annually to remember this important catalyst in their lives.With this history, it’s no wonder that the state of Minnesota is consistently first in the nation in adoptions per capita. Given this statistic, it makes sense that a local Minnesota credit union, like Firefly, would lead the way for a nation-wide, pro-family adoption loan that breaks down today’s biggest barrier for families – the expense.Today a staggering 107,918 foster children are awaiting adoption in the U.S. alone, with more than 20,000 aging out of foster care without being placed in a permanent home. The problem is drastic and according to two Minnesota adoption agencies, the biggest reason is a lack of funds to cover the costs of the adoption process. This massive gap between potential adoptive families and waiting children, is a great opportunity to remind the nation why the credit union movement is so special. The credit union philosophy is “people helping people” and that is the foundation of this loan. continue reading »last_img read more

September 21

Stoke step up Diouf interest

first_imgStoke look set to make Senegal striker Mame Biram Diouf their second new signing of the summer. Press Association Sport understands former Manchester United player Diouf, 26, whose contract with German outfit Hannover is coming to an end, has been at the Potters’ training ground this week for talks with their manager Mark Hughes and chief executive Tony Scholes. Stoke on Thursday announced their first new recruit of the transfer window in Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley, secured on a three-year deal and officially joining the club on July 1 when his contract with the Black Cats expires. The acquisition of Diouf on a free transfer would see the end of a lengthy pursuit after Stoke believed they had agreed a fee last summer before the deal fell through. Hughes has for some time been interested in the frontman, who has netted 26 Bundesliga goals for Hannover since his switch to them from United in January 2012. He joined the Red Devils from Norwegian side Molde in 2009 and went on to make nine United appearances, scoring once, in all competitions. Part of the time during his Old Trafford stint he was back on loan with Molde, and he also spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Blackburn, for whom he scored six times, including a hat-trick in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Norwich. Meanwhile, Stoke have confirmed winger Matthew Etherington’s departure from the club. The 32-year-old, who has been with the Potters for five and a half seasons, is coming to the end of his contract and has not been offered a new deal. The Staffordshire outfit have, however, made an offer to their 37-year-old goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen. Defender Andy Wilkinson, whose contract was also set to expire at the end of June, has already agreed a new one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more