Mentors join hands with an individual or family for one year, helping them make the very difficult transition to financial stability. Each mentor provides a broad range of support including budgeting, job preparation, decision making, emotional support, parenting advice and goal setting. This unique program makes a difference in people’s lives when they learn life skills from caring, committed volunteers. And the time commitment for the mentorship is just three to four hours a month at a time convenient to the mentors and mentees.
· Financial Education
o Our Financial Literacy classes help students identify ways to better manage their money, reduce expenses, save for emergencies and improve their self-advocacy skills in a fun and interactive setting. Whether they come to a stand-alone class or a series of five classes, students gain awareness of tools to help them build savings as well as resources to help them with financial issues. All students receive a “budget box” which is a portable file with tools to help them create a budget and manage their financial records and bills.
· Financial Coaching
o Pathfinders provides financial coaching to help low- and moderate-income people attain financial stability. Financial Coaching builds on financial (education/management) skills to address personal needs for improving financial behaviors. Each client-driven session is led by a volunteer Coach with training in budgeting, banking and borrowing, and credit. These sessions allow participants to come with their own questions and work with a coach to take back control of their finances, make better decisions, and regain a foothold in financial stability and self-sufficiency.