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IDA Helped Single Mother Get Off Welfare Massachusetts
At one point, Erica was living in subsidized housing in Boston with her two young sons. The majority of their meals consisted of dry, packaged goods lacking in nutrition. Looking to better her situation, she enrolled in an Individual…
 
Woman Dedicates Her Life to Building Assets for People with Disabilities National
Megan O'Neil got into a car accident that changed her life - and others' lives.…
 
Immigrant Escaped Poverty with Matched Savings National
Cesilia Bueso tells her friends that she is living proof that with hard work and years of savings, their dreams of homeownership can come true.…
 
Dennis Eliminated 80% of His Debt through an IDA Program Illinois
Dennis Matthews' life is unrecognizable since he enrolled in the IDA program. Before enrolling, he was $10,000 in debt and faced a 45% salary reduction after being laid off.…
 
Becoming Her Own Boss, Building a Better Life for Her Children California
As a single mother, Olga Estrada dedicated her entire life to raising her daughter and son. She left Nicaragua and moved to northern California in the hopes of offering them a better life than she had.…
 
From Foreclosure to Homeowner Washington, DC
Lifelong Washington, D.C. resident, Barbara Gray, never thought she would be able to be a homeowner again.…
 
Thelma Small: Financial Education at Any Age Florida
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thank you to the Real$ense Prosperity Campaign of the United Way of Northeast Florida for submitting this inspiring tax time story.…
 
A Real$ense Volunteer's Journey to Financial Education Florida
Katherine Marin has a Real$ense success story to which almost anyone can relate. Her journey with Real$ense has not only given her a new life, she is now working as a volunteer helping others find hope that they can have a better financial…
 
San Francisco Saver Story: Teaching Cole to Save California
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post originally appeared on the 1:1 Fund blog, which you should check out here.…
 
Business Owner Empowered through Tax Program Minnesota
Javier heard about AccountAbility Minnesota (AAM) from a friend who had come here to get help with taxes. Javier, a self-employed interpreter, needed help getting his tax situation back on track. Javier, originally from Peru, has been living…
 
Mother Finds Hope in Financial Education Course Kentucky
Eboniae was fulfilling many roles in her life. As both a mother and a father figure to her children, she nurtured, prepared and helped her daughters to mature. She worked many jobs and worked to present herself in a professional fashion so…
 
The Power of Financial Capability Integration: "They’re By Your Side Throughout the Process to Support You" Florida
Family Foundations in Jacksonville, FL, works to help low-income community residents build a more secure financial future, in part through the 1,000 in 1,000 program, which offers comprehensive financial coaching and counseling services to…
 
“This Class Gave Me Both the Skills and Confidence that I Needed to Take Control of My Finances” Maine
Lee, who lives on a fixed income, was looking for better ways to manage her money when she signed up for a My Money Works class with New Ventures Maine.…
 
Matched Savings Allowed Gail to Graduate Debt-Free Maine
Thanks to New Ventures Maine’s (NVME) Financing Your Future class and the Family Development Account (FDA) matched savings program, Gail was able to go back to college part-time while working full-time — and graduate debt-free. Gail graduated…
 
Platforms for Prosperity Summit: Elmu's Story Washington, DC

 
The Power of Financial Capability Integration: James's Story Oregon
James got connected to financial capability services through CFED's Portland-based partners, Innovative Changes and CASH Oregon.
 
The Power of Financial Capability Integration: David's Story Oregon
David and the other Stephens Creek residents have the opportunity to participate in financial capability services through a collaboration between CFED's partners, Home Forward and Innovative Changes.
 

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