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It Takes a Village to Encourage Financial Sustainability

$BM’s success is a result of committed people who recognize the value of empowering others to take charge of their financial lives and begin a path to financial strength and sustainability. In addition to leaders in government, nonprofits, and foundations, $tand By Me is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers who are dedicated to helping individuals [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Senior Reduces Stress by Refinancing Loans and Creating Budget

Sara is a senior customer who came to me for help because she was overloaded with bills and didn’t know what to do. We created a budget, looked at which bills she needed to work on, and talked about how to adjust for savings. We successfully refinanced her car loan with a lower interest rate, which gave her [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Determined Young Man Achieves Financial Independence

Aaron has demonstrated that his abilities are stronger than his disability! Aaron is 26 years old and began working with ServiceSource, Inc. in 2014 to gain meaningful work experience and improve his job-ready skills in order to find successful employment in the community. In September 2015, Aaron started working with me as his $tand By Me financial coach. [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Tax Assistance Leads to Help With Finances, Education and Job Training

Natalie came to $tand By Me seeking assistance with filing her taxes, understanding credit, and improving her education and job prospects. As a single mom raising three children, she was worried about not knowing enough to make wise financial decisions. As an immigrant to the U.S., she also had difficulty understanding a new monetary system and tax rules. [...]

May 27th, 2016|

College Student Gets Help Applying for Financial Aid

Lauren is a young student at a local community college who first encountered $tand By Me through her First Year Experience class. After learning about all of the services that a financial coach provides, she made an appointment to meet with me one-on-one. During our first meeting, she expressed concern about how hard it was to pay [...]

May 27th, 2016|

$BM Hispano Helps Immigrant Navigate U.S. Financial System

Alexandra is a customer from Costa Rica who has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. She came to the Latin American Community Center for help because she had recently lost her job, which was causing debt to accumulate, including the potential loss of her home. She was referred to $tand By Me Hispano, and at our very [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Newly Separated Mom Lessens Debt, Purchases Home

Mary came to see me for help with overall financial wellness. She had recently separated from her husband, and was adapting to being a single mother. She needed to fix her credit, was stressed about her debts, and her long-term goal of homeownership didn’t seem realistic. She was living paycheck to paycheck, and felt frustrated and overwhelmed by [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Entrepreneur Learns How to Make Her Business Dreams Come True

Jessica and I first met each other at her Student Success Course class in February. Once she learned that I owned a business, she was ready to put me to work to help her achieve her goal! She had recently learned in one of her entrepreneurial classes at Del Tech that her current business should be filed as [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Man Gets Help Refinancing Car Loan

One of my first customers through the Delaware WONDER program was Howard, who wanted help managing his budget. In 2014, he had purchased a used car with a high APR from a local dealer. He knew the rate was high, but felt he had no other choice at the time because of his poor credit. Since purchasing the [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Pursuing Homeownership, Woman Improves Credit Report

Annette is a customer who came to me for information because she wanted to purchase a home for herself and her sister, who she had been responsible for since their mother had died when she was very young. Annette had a very positive attitude, and was ready to put in the work necessary to become a homeowner. She [...]

May 27th, 2016|