2019 United Way Annual Report - Page 19

“I couldn’t believe that there were people who did
say that when I came across the Financial
that kind of work at no cost to me. Just having
Empowerment Center is when my fitness
an ear, someone to talk to about my situation,
program really began.”
someone to communicate with to
lay out a plan—that made all the difference
The FEC taught him the importance of regularly
for me. When I first went to the Financial
checking his bank accounts and how to begin
Empowerment Center, I would say my first
living within his means. Now, he knows that he
session was pretty emotional.”
has developed the skills that it takes to continue
on his trajectory. He knows that he would not
He sat down with a financial counselor and
have reached that place without the community
began to draw out a plan. He and his counselor
he found at the FEC.
met regularly to work through his debt and
improve his credit. Before going to the FEC, Alan
“Communication [with your financial counselor]
would overdraft his bank account and would rack
is everything. Until I started communicating
up fees regularly. Now, with the help of the FEC,
with my counselor, there was no hope for me
he is no longer in debt. And, his credit scores
financially. Without communication, it’s easy to
have rebounded to the mid-750s. He has learned
feel disconnected and hopeless. Fortunately, I
to be deliberate and methodical about what he
did get into communication and now I’m full of
calls his financial fitness program.
hope, truly.”
“I like to call it that because it’s nonstop; it’s
something that I do every day. In fact, I would
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