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Trellis News

New Mural on the Miracle Mile Honors Front Line Workers

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 10th, 2021

I had the pleasure of listening to RJ Price tell me the story behind a new mural in Phoenix. RJ is the Chief Marketing Officer for Downtown Phoenix Inc., an organization that works with business leaders from our membership organization, Phoenix Community Alliance, and a host of volunteer and community organizations to create a more walkable, interesting and vibrant community. RJ is key …

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Trellis Congratulates Terry Benelli on Her Appointment to the Federal Reserve Board

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON February 24th, 2021

Please join us in congratulating LISC Phoenix Executive Director Terry Benelli on being appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Los Angeles Branch Board of Directors.   Terry, as well as everyone at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), has been a valued partner of Trellis and instrumental in enabling us to help provide the …

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Meet Patricia Garcia Duarte – President & CEO of Trellis

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON December 11th, 2020

Nonprofit doesn’t mean not professional. The leader who keeps Trellis running like a top-performing company is Patricia Garcia Duarte. The Public Face of Trellis Patricia, who is the President and CEO of Trellis, joined the organization back in March of 2006. She is responsible for the management, operation and financial health of the organization. She …

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Trellis Helps Single Mom Buy Her First Home

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON November 25th, 2020

“I love you guys!” Time could note fade the appreciation that Cynthia feels for Trellis and those who helped her.   Over a year and a half ago, Cynthia was a single mom, living in a rented apartment, looking to purchase her first home. She was trying to purchase a home in the South Phoenix Village (SPV) community. Her Realtor told her that …

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Laura Moreno Santos – Case Worker Assistant

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 30th, 2020

Today is a sad day at Trellis as we say goodbye to Laura Moreno Santos. This is Laura’s last day as a temporary employee and Case Worker Assistant. As a temporary worker at Trellis, Laura helped process numerous applications for the Covid-19 Phoenix Cares Grant by helping gather client documents and approval letters. She was …

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Struggling Rental Market and Mass Evictions Could Usher in Next American Housing Crisis

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 27th, 2020

Millions of renters are behind on their payments; large-scale evictions could come soon In a Wall Street Journal article, journalist Will Parker states that fallout from missed rent payments is threatening a large swath of the U.S population, as the expiration of eviction bans draws near. A large number of renters have been unable to …

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Helga Galan – Lending Operations Manager

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 16th, 2020

Trellis helps the vulnerable and under-served of the Phoenix area realize their dreams of home ownership. Guiding the efforts of the lending team is Helga Galan. Helga is the Operations Manager for Trellis Lending and has been with the company for ten years. She uses her vast knowledge and experience as a loan officer and …

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Daniel Gonzalez – Loan Originator

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON October 9th, 2020

Meet Daniel Gonzalez, a knowledgeable and compassionate loan originator with Trellis Lending. For nearly three years, Daniel has been using his extensive mortgage knowledge to help Trellis provide funding to some of the most vulnerable and under-served members of the community. He is an expert at matching borrowers up with the best possible mortgage rates, …

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Trellis Celebrates 45 Years of Helping Communities

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON July 24th, 2020

For forty-five years, Trellis (formerly known as NHS Phoenix) has been helping to revitalize communities and to assist the under-served members of those communities get access to classes and programs that improve their finances and ultimately lead to stable homeownership. How We Help Through Trellis, people can take an array of financial literacy courses, as …

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Evelyn Cermeno

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON July 10th, 2020

Just because Trellis is a non-profit, doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of finances to manage. For nearly six years, Evelyn Cermeno, the Senior Staff Accountant at Trellis, has been keeping track of all the money. What She Does at Trellis More specifically, Evelyn’s responsibilities include tracking grants and projects; processing payroll; reviewing and …

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Garrett Zucker

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON June 26th, 2020

Trellis has many wonderful programs that help people achieve their dreams of financial literacy and homeownership. It is the job of Garrett Zucker to make sure that people are aware of these programs. Garrett is the Marketing and Outreach Associate at Trellis and loves telling the Trellis story through social media and other marketing avenues. …

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Ramona Aceves

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON June 19th, 2020

Although Trellis has many departments, Ramona Aceves, has a hand in them all. As the Executive Admin. and H.R. Assistant, she provides support to the President & CEO, as well as all the various Trellis managers. Ramona keeps the Trellis employees up-to-date on all the important happenings within the company – from new information about …

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Lavera Thompson

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON June 12th, 2020

For over eight years, when people need help with financial literacy or understanding the steps of buying a home, they have turned to Lavera Thompson. How She Helps Since February of 2012, Lavera has been a Homeownership Advisor and a Financial Counselor here at Trellis. She helps her clients navigate the homebuying process. This includes …

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Gloria Gonzalez

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON May 15th, 2020

Helping People in The Community When people in Phoenix need financial coaching, they are fortunate that they can turn to someone like Gloria Gonzalez. Gloria is a Client Services Representative here at Trellis. Since 2009, she has assisted clients in getting started with homebuying process ( Gloria expertly guides people through their first steps before …

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Trellis Helps Another New Homeowner

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 17th, 2020

Trellis assists another first-time home buyer.

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The Buzz on The Miracle Mile Might Be From Clippers

Garrett Zucker/ POSTED ON March 16th, 2020

McDowell Road’s Miracle Mile has many wonderful, locally-owned business. Get the buzz on the Miracle Mile resident – Lionetti’s Hair Clipper Services.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Joel McCabe/ POSTED ON March 24th, 2017

In honor of Women’s History Month, Trellis would like to spotlight two of our amazing clients. “A Future for My Daughter” – Sandra Carlon is a courageous and hardworking 27-year-old single mother who closed on her home 2 months ago. She is raising her 8-year old daughter and has hopes of one day becoming a …

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Success Story: Charlie Esquivel

Joel McCabe/ POSTED ON February 9th, 2015

Charlie Esquivel is a proud former Marine, hard-working engineer and father of 3 girls, aged 15, 11, and 9. He wanted to buy his first home so his family could have the security and peace of mind that comes with homeownership. Charlie began looking for houses close to his children’s school and found a home …

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Success Story: Iris Glass

Joel McCabe/ POSTED ON February 9th, 2015

Iris Glass has firsthand experience with the effects of the Great Recession: first, her son lost his job and moved back in, and then her landlord sold her rental property giving her less than a month to move. Not only did Iris need to find a home for herself, but also for her son and …

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Success Story: Sandra Gonzalez

Joel McCabe/ POSTED ON February 9th, 2015

Sandra Gonzalez is used to working hard to get what she wants. As an Arizona native who can trace her family in Arizona back to the 1800’s, Sandra wanted nothing more than to own a home in the state she loved; however, circumstances were stacked against her. Sandra is a widow and a foster parent …

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