Success Stories

Working to Climb the Ladder

Jackie was encouraged by one of our community partners to seek out our credit building and matching savings programs. From the awkward initial telephone conversation with Jackie it was clear that our first steps with her must be to build trust and seek understanding.

Jackie works two jobs and finding days off can be challenging. We were able to accommodate her time constraints and meet in person which makes a significant difference when trying to understand a person's financial life. Having a face to face conversation about different transactions on a credit report provides lots of information about how people relate to money, their family, where their financial stresses are and what solutions they reached for to solve problems.

The first session with Jackie and Karen our financial education specialist was a success. Minor credit issues were sorted out and plans to correct errors were in place. Jackie learned how to talk through an error on her credit report with a creditor and successfully solved the problem. She is saving now to buy a home in about a year but perhaps most importantly she is applying the financial knowledge she's gained and growing in confidence, all signs of success.

Looking over the numbers for the first quarter of this year we see that our customers have reduced their debt levels by over $12,000 and have savings totaling almost $40,000. In today's economy and at the income levels of our customers these numbers are impressive. It takes commitment and hard work on the customers' part. We provide the financial and credit education, ongoing coaching plus strong doses of encouragement.

Change takes time but those we serve are succeeding. They are using budgets, reducing their debt, increasing their savings, buying homes, going back to school and starting businesses. They are climbing up the economic ladder.

"Donita and Flip"

With our coaching they systematically paid off their debt and dramatically raised their credit score. They are now proud new homeowners with a front porch they can enjoy for many years to come.

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"I Love it Here" - June Newsletter

What a difference a safe, fit, affordable home has made in William's life. He's heathier, he's thriving just like the tomatoes he's growing in our garden.

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"Taking Her Life Back" - July Newsletter

While moving forward with her life, Sharon has a strong desire to give back and help others who have faced challenges like hers. She's taken her life back, is giving back and has a promising future ahead.

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"A Journey Forward" - Sept-Oct Newsletter

To help Ti stay on sound financial footing she is working with New Level CDC's financial coaching program to help fulfill her dreams---something she now believes is possible.

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Working to Climb the Ladder

Change takes time but those we serve are succeeding. They are using budgets, reducing their debt, increasing their savings, buying homes, going back to school and starting businesses. They are climbing up the economic ladder.

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Connections …..Families, a home and student success

We connected Bobbi with job opportunities and she used our matching debt pay down fund to pay off an old utility bill. Her previous landlord is willing to rent to her again and Bobbi's sons have been receiving extra care and support at school.

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"Building Credit and Confidence"

Knowledge and understanding build confidence. Karen our financial education and housing specialist taught Monica how to understand her credit report, her student loan information and coached her on how to talk to creditors.

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"Recession to Recovery"

Joann was able to get control of and consolidate her debts, stabilize her credit, and receive a quality home loan. In July of 2015, Joann was thrilled to be able to close on a new home for her and her family.

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Carey's 47 year Journey Home

With the stability that Sophia's Heart offered for 2 years, Carey and Constance had battled back from PTSD and 25 years of drug use to living healthy, whole lives. They were ready to restart their journey home.

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Newlyweds and Home buying done Right

Manny and Valeria closed on their home in May and "tied the knot" with a June wedding. We celebrate with them as they start their life together on a firm financial foundation.

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Debt—Climbing out and moving Up

Duana is now climbing her ladder and with our matching savings program should realize her dream for her family very soon, a safe and secure place they can call proudly call home. She's moving UP!

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Believing then Achieving Dreams

The confidence Janice gained from reaching her savings goal combined our financial education helped her believe in herself allowing the very thought of new dreams.

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I'm telling everyone I know to take this class "BEFORE" you even start looking at homes. It's one of the best investments you can make.

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Out of the cold and into the Dry

As the season changes New Level CDC celebrates as 8 more warm, dry, safe and affordable homes are ready for those working hard to keep moving forward in life.

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