Farewell to a Friend

The Southland Credit Union’s branch at Second & Spring Streets in downtown Los Angeles will be closing on Friday, March 31, 2017.  This location was the last home of the Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union (later Cityside Credit Union) until it was acquired by Southland in 2009.  After the acquisition, credit union employees under manager Alex Kort continued to provide excellent customer service to employees, retirees, and their families.

The original Los Angeles Times Federal Credit Union was founded in 1935, about a year before Pfaffinger Foundation.   For years, Pfaffinger guaranteed the credit union’s loans to needy employees who would not otherwise qualify.   We want to take note of this long history, and to thank the credit union’s employees for their faithful service.

Pfaffinger’s New Home

Pfaffinger Foundation has relocated its offices about five blocks east of our former location.  They are about a 12-minute walk from the Los Angeles Times’ Spring St. entrance.

Located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, the new offices are in the Pacific Commerce Bank building on the southeast corner of San Pedro and Third Street:

 Pfaffinger Foundation
420 E. Third St., Suite 1010
Los Angeles, CA  90013

 

The new offices provide Pfaffinger clients with validated parking in the building—enter the lot off Boyd St.  There is also metered street parking on Third St. and on San Pedro.

 

The Foundation’s telephone number, email address, and fax number are unchanged.   See Contact Us.

Colin Lindsay, 1932 – 2015

Colin Lindsay, the longest-serving member of the Pfaffinger Foundation Case Committee in our history, died on October 31, 2015.

Colin joined the Case Committee in 1981, serving for the next 33 years. The committee is composed of current and former employees who review Pfaffinger’s assistance to applicants. His long experience and keen observations were invaluable, and his sense of humor was appreciated by all. During his tenure, when he typically attended about 45 of the weekly meetings each year, he played a key role in Pfaffinger’s assisting several thousand clients. He advised us in December of last year that he would be taking a leave of absence for medical reasons.

Colin had a three-decade long career at the Los Angeles Times. He joined the newspaper in 1970, retiring in 1999 as Director of Administrative Services. His responsibilities took him all over the newspaper, and he had many friends in every department.

A private family service was held. The family asks that letters and notes of condolence be sent via Pfaffinger Foundation:

Mail:
Lindsay Family
c/o Pfaffinger Foundation
316 W. 2nd Street, Suite PH-C
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Email:
info@pfoundation.org
Please put “Lindsay Family” in the subject line

Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org
An American Cancer Society card can be sent from their website to the above Pfaffinger address; it will be forwarded to the family.

All of us at Pfaffinger extend our condolences to the family, and express our gratitude for the privilege of knowing and working with Colin Lindsay.

Seen Your Dentist Lately?

Dental care is the fastest-rising cost among Pfaffinger clients.  Some have not seen a dentist since the Great Recession, allowing serious, costly, and uncomfortable dental problems to develop.  Dental neglect is found across all age groups, from preschoolers to seniors.

A recent report from the University of the Pacific (UOP) in California stated:

Neglected dental disease can lead to serious, widespread, and sometimes tragic consequences, including missed school days among children and missed work among adults, [and]  increased expenses for advanced reparative dental treatment . . . .

The UOP report also mentioned decreased “social engagement” and employability among adults with missing teeth, and even life-threatening infections.  We have seen all these problems among our clients in recent years.

The cost and quality of dental care can vary.  That is why your dentist’s treatment plan must be pre-approved by Pfaffinger to qualify for reimbursement.  In many cases the Foundation will consult an outside expert for an evaluation.  Most treatment plans are approved, and some are improved to the benefit of the patient.  Please obtain pre-approval in order to be eligible for assistance with this expense.

Welcome to our website!

Help for the journey . . . .

This phrase, the theme of our new website, reflects our desire to help our eligible clients when they encounter serious difficulties in their life’s journeys. From young employees to the oldest retirees, Pfaffinger is providing assistance in a variety of ways.

This website is another way we seek to help. Our website is a tool to show you how we can provide assistance, to determine whether you are eligible, and to understand how to access our services.

Are we accomplishing these goals? Please let us know. We value your opinions about this site and anything else to do with Pfaffinger. Simply write us at info@pfoundation.org.

Our work with employees and retirees gives our staff insights into the challenges being faced by many families and individuals today. From time to time we will be sharing here some thoughts about these issues. We hope you find these helpful. We will also post information that will be useful to our community grant applicants and recipients.

In the meantime, enjoy the journey – and let us know how we can help.