Success Stories

Debt—Climbing out and moving Up

Duana discovered a flyer about New Level CDC that had been tucked in her door last spring and felt compelled to call our office. During her first visit with us Duana was shy, soft spoken and searching for answers to the debt and credit hurdles she yearned to overcome. While she was grateful for the financial help that a housing subsidy on her rent provided she was desperate to get her daughters out of the tough neighbor. Her ultimate goal was to bring the stability and pride that a home of her own could provide to her family. Duana knew that to be able to purchase a home she could not ignore her credit record.

Karen our housing and financial education explained to Duana that there was no silver bullet that would magically improve her credit. If she wanted to get "unstuck" so she could start climbing she would have to commit to and remain diligent to the job ahead. Karen carefully explained all the items on Duana's credit report to her and helped her map out a plan to pay off almost all of her debt and raise her credit score. Duana left with a good pep talk from Karen and a commitment to her next appointment a week later.

The real question was would Duana do the work and follow through. She has answered that question with a resounding YES. She has written letters to creditors and the credit bureaus and at the same time learned many important lessons about the world of credit. She has paid off significant amounts of debt and seen her score climb. At the same time she is building savings for herself and her children. Duana's improvements include much more than just a higher credit score. She exudes confidence and self-assurance. She says she's learned from her mistakes, from our financial and credit coaching and has the knowledge she needs to help stay financially stable.

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!

"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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