Success Stories

//Success Stories

Coach Helps Customer Tackle Student Loan Burden

When Dan first came to meet with me, he had major financial concerns related to student loan debt, budgeting, homeownership, and overall money management. Since he didn’t have a traditional 8 to 5 schedule, we met in person, had conference calls, and used email while working together to accomplish his financial goals. In addition to creating a budget [...]

May 27th, 2016|

Clever Debt Management Plan Saves Woman $2,500

Paula and I first met to discuss her debt. Her financial goal was to eliminate her debt so that she could prepare for comfortable retirement and the purchase of an investment property. We began by listing her debts by order of interest rate, and set out to create a debt snowball plan. We calculated that if she [...]

May 27th, 2016|

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|

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|

Young Adult Finds Guidance to Travel Down a Promising Path

I have this one customer who started out as a friend. Due to his relationship with his family, he thought he wouldn’t be able to get financial aid and go to college. A minor YouTube celebrity, he was recruited by Delaware Tech to teach sign language and be an interpreter, and since he is of traditional college age, [...]

May 27th, 2016|


So what does financial empowerment look like? Our client Iswedcy de Jesús can explain. Iswedcy de Jesús thought she was doing well by paying all her expenses in cash. The immigrant from the Dominican Republic has always preferred to purchase or consume only what she could actually pay for out of pocket. She didn’t realize that to build wealth in the United States, she also needed to build a credit history. That’s when José Martinez, a $tand By Me® coach, came into the picture. Within a few months, the 36-year-old de Jesus received a $500 loan, which she paid off in three installments. […]

February 17th, 2015|