Good Samaritan to offer money management


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Are bills stressing you out? Does it seem like your check never makes it to the next check? You are not alone. Logan County Good Samaritan wants you to know they are here to here to help with a free class designed to help you learn to better manage money and get ahead of bills.

Moving beyond check to check is a set of workshops for the Moving Beyond program. The first set was held in June 2015. The program is being funded through the Logan County Good Samaritan.

“Since 1997, we have provided financial assistance in crisis situations. Our goal with the program is to teach attendees how to get a handle on their bills to avoid bill related crises, and eventually have enough of an emergency fund to handle other situations like car repairs or appliance replacements on their own,” said Denise McDonald, Executive Director of Good Samaritan.

McDonald reports they are planning to have two sets of workshops per year; one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The upcoming set of workshops will take place on Sept. 18 and 19.

“We have four workshops scheduled at various times to accommodate as many people as we can. I may cancel any class that doesn’t get at least four people to sign up. You do not have to be a Good Sam client to attend,” said McDonald adding, “I highly recommend it for newlyweds and recently engaged couples.”

Although Good Samaritan encourages families to bring teenagers, they ask that they do not bring little children.

“One suggestion made at the first set was that the significant other in the house also attend. So we are encouraging that also. Another suggestion was to tell attendees to come prepared with their monthly bill/income information. This information stays with the attendee, but is really helpful to have,” McDonald said.

The classes are kept small (between four and 10 people) so there can be a lot of class participation. Ideas, questions and suggestions are always welcomed.

“Previous classes have been quite informative and fun for those attending,” said McDonald. “We have several items at each workshop to give away and light snacks are provided. We try to keep the workshop between an hour to an hour and a half because time is precious to us all.”

Each class has five parts:

1. A reality check – an honest look at bills vs income.

2. Where are you financially – does your income meet your expenses?

3. Setting priorities – each person must decide what is most important to them.

4. Changing circumstances – what can you do?

5. Making a plan – planning the next month and setting goals.

Each attendee sets their own three month goals and Good Samaritan encourages them to work toward those goals. After attending the workshop, attendees have access to a private meeting with McDonald to discuss their personal situation in more detail. They may request meetings at any time during the three month period. After three months, Good Samaritan asks to meet again so they can assess results and possibly set new goals.

“We will work with clients as long as they desire our assistance. All clients meeting their three month goals will be put in for a drawing for a $25 gift card (up to two per class based on class size),” said McDonald.

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By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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