At one point or another, financial issues have kept most of us awake at night. In fact, a new Bankrate survey finds that only 52 percent of us have more emergency savings that credit card debt.
Delma, a grandmother from Miami, wasn’t prepared when she lost her job several years ago.
“I didn’t have the savings to fall back on,” Delma said. “I didn’t have the credit to lean on. I didn’t know how to budget effectively to survive while trying to get on my feet.”
Delma speaking at the United Way Center for Financial Stability’s fifth anniversary event.
A friend told Delma about United Way Center for Financial Stability, where financial coaches work one on one with people to help them meet their goals. Since opening its doors in 2009 with funding and support from Bank of America and other partners, the Center has provided free help to more than 16,000 people in Miami learn how to budget, manage and save money.
“They taught me about my credit score and I was able to raise it 100 points,” Delma said. The Center also helped her secure a loan, prepare her own taxes and create a plan to become financially stable. “Now, not only can I support myself with dignity, I can be a resource to other people as well. It’s an incredibly powerful feeling.”
Debra, a single mother of five children, also turned to the Center when her ex-husband walked out and left her facing mounting bills and possible eviction from her home. Her financial coach helped her set up a budget, pay down all her debts and register for classes at Miami Dade College.
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