Success Stories

"Building Credit and Confidence"

Monica came to see us after learning about our matching savings and financial education programs from a partner agency Metropolitan Housing and Development Agency. Her dream is to one day own a home of her own, something she has been thinking about for years. She had worked to further her education but now had student loans to repay and was confused by loan language she did not understand. Monica had no idea how to manage her finances so she could handle the new debt payments and still work toward her dream of homeownership. Her lack of confidence was apparent when she came in for her first session with us.

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. Our approach emphasizes achievable steps and keeps the client in the driver's seat. It combines education, counseling, and coaching to empower people and help them move forward in their financial life.

Monica has been working with Karen for about 4 months. Her student loan payments are on an income based plan. She is managing a budget and has paid off debts raising her credit score. She has opened a special savings account to save for her home which will be matched with funds we provide to help her buy a home. We have no doubt that she will make her dreams come true and will be in her own home within a year. Now when we see Monica she has a smile on her face, exuding confidence and pride in her achievements. Her new found confidence along with her financial skills will carry her and her family well into the future.

"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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