Free Credit Counseling for your clients

Posted by on December 5, 2003

The Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC) together with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Delaware Valley can offer your clients free workshops on the fundamentals of financial literacy. These workshops were designed to offer solutions to lower-income households, youth and the elderly experiencing the financial stresses resulting from limited resources, reliance on expensive check cashing services, credit difficulties, and vulnerability to predatory lenders.

Highly skilled staff of the Consumer Credit Counseling Services provide up to six on-site learning modules on the basic skills of personal financial management. Topics include: budgeting, savings, checking, use of other bank products, and wise use of credit. (See attached program outline.)

Following are a few important aspects of the program that a potential host agency should know:
? It is offered at no cost to the host agency or participants. All participants, who successfully complete the entire series of (six modules), will receive a certificate of completion.
? The host agency?s responsibility is to enroll no less than 15 participants and a maximum of 40 participants for the course.
? The host agency provides the meeting facility and modest refreshments for each meeting. We also encourage the use of some incentive or reward for participants.
? If you would like, as a supplement to these workshops, we can recruit a local bank to introduce its products and services.

If you feel that this type of a program is a good fit for the needs of the people you serve, please forward this information to the appropriate contact person (or people), and I would be happy to meet with him/her to discuss the workshops in more detail and hopefully arrange some workshops for you. I can be reached directly at (215) 851-1774.


Tamara Grossett
Assistant Program Administrator
Community and Economic Development Division

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