Centerstone’s Financial Education Program goes beyond meeting basic needs to creating pathways of opportunity for people across Seattle. The program addresses the financial struggles of those living in poverty in our community by providing them with the tools to stabilize their situation, educating them on managing their personal finances effectively, and helping them to reduce debt. This is a critical step in the process of helping families become more self-sufficient. With a variety of services, we are committed to helping our clients live a life free of debt.
We are happy to announce that our Financial Education Program is back up and running! Centerstone has a new Financial Education Specialist, Amy Samudre. A trained counselor with an MBA specializing in
Microfinance from Liverpool Hope University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Amy worked both domestically and internationally to promote self-sufficiency and resiliency within poor families before joining Centerstone in 2013.
Centerstone’s Financial Coaching Program
Are you interested in learning how to reduce your stress and anxiety about money?
As a participant you can look foward to:
- Working with a trained financial coach, one-on-one, for 5 months (January-May 2014)
- Creating a budget that works for you
- Identifying financial goals that you want to achieve
- Meeting with your coach every month to stay on track with your financial goals
- Learning how to make your money work harder and smarter for you
To receive updates on individual counseling, financial coaching, group workshops and other financial education opportunities, please join our mailing list.
Read about the latest topics, updates, and opportunities in Financial Education by reading our Financial Education Newsletter here.
Centerstone wants to ensure that our clients receive sound financial advice and are aware of the latest news and resources to help with their money management.
- Financial Fitness Day is a one day event that combines workshops, one-on-one counseling, and other financial services,offered by a wide array of SKC ABC partners. This community-wide event features credit and debt counseling, financial planning and investment advice, credit reports, free tax preparation, access to public benefits, housing counseling, document shredding to prevent ID theft, legal assistance on bankruptcy and consumer rights, help with FAFSA applications, job readiness and employment resources, assistance with veterans’ benefits, and advice on microenterprise development. To find out more information about this event at www.skcabc.org.
- Tax Preparation Assistance: The United Way King County hosts several free income tax preparation service sites at community centers, libraries and community-based organizations that provide free services for households who earned less than $51,000 in 2012. Find a site near you at www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/ongoing-campaigns/free-tax-services/tax-site.html. Ask about the Earned Income Tax Credit to help you keep more of what you earned in 2012.
- Seattle-King County Asset-Building Coalition: Centerstone has partnered with SKCABC to connect people with a variety of asset-building services, such as access to affordable, mainstream banking; financial planning, education, and coaching; credit and debt counseling; free tax preparation; access to public benefits; microenterprise development; and homeownership and foreclosure prevention resources. Visit www.skcabc.org for information and resources.
- Internet Payday Lender Alert: When seeking short-term personal loans through companies like payday lenders, consumers should be cautious about Internet payday lenders that are not licensed properly. Be careful when filling out these applications, read the fine print, and make sure the company is licensed to make loans in the state of Washington.