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Local Flagstar Bank Diversity Team Members Donate 667 Bus Passes to Jackson Interfaith Shelter Residents

Jackson, Mich. December 19th, 2023 – The Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA) is pleased to share the news of a gift from the diversity, equity and inclusion committee from local Flagstar Bank diversity team members: $500 for the purchase of 667 bus passes for the senior, adult and teen residents of the Jackson Interfaith Shelter. This donation aims to alleviate transportation challenges for individuals and families at the shelter as they work towards rebuilding their lives.

Residents of the Interfaith Shelter frequently face significant transportation challenges. “We are so grateful to Flagstar Bank for blessing the shelter with the purchase of bus tickets! Especially in the cold winter months, supporting our clients’ transportation needs, many of whom are parents with kids of all ages, is crucial as they work towards long term stability,” said Steve Castle, CEO of the Jackson Interfaith Shelter.

The Jackson, Mich. Flagstar Bank diversity equity and inclusion team was established for all teammates in the area to engage in activities to raise awareness and better support the people who live in their community.

“Our team is passionate about finding meaningful ways to go beyond the branch and make a positive impact on our neighbors’ lives,” said Kate Osman, Flagstar Branch Manager and DEI Committee co-chair. “We learned that residents of the Jackson Interfaith Shelter had a need for bus passes to provide reliable transportation so these individuals could access necessary resources such as healthcare facilities, job opportunities, food banks and other support services so partnering with JATA was the perfect fit for us.”

JATA’s services are crucial in enhancing the quality of life in the Jackson community by providing essential transportation solutions. Ensuring reliable and accessible transportation options, JATA fosters greater connectivity, enabling residents to access education, employment, healthcare, and social opportunities. This, in turn, promotes community well-being and prosperity. For more information, please visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Patrick O’Dowd

Government & Community Relations Manager

Jackson Area Transportation Authority