Catholic Social Service is offering a program that may turn financial goals into reality, said Rebecca Ford, at the Great Bend CHS office.
Owning a home, making house repairs, going back to school or starting a business may be achieved through a savings incentive program called Creating Assets Savings and Hope (CASH).
To participate in the program, income-qualifying households set goals and complete a required financial education class to learn how to better manage their existing finances so that they have more opportunities to save for their future. In turn, the CASH program provides motivation for financial responsibility by matching $2 for every $1 saved. Participants save for a minimum of six months and participate in life skills workshops designed to strengthen financial security and self-sufficiency.
The required financial education class will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Assembly of God Church, 921 Broadway in Larned. The presenter will be Deanna Vannoster, an AmeriCorps member with Catholic Social Service. Pre-registration is required. Call 620-792-1393 for more information and to register for the class.
Catholic Social Service helps those in need, regardless of faith. As an AmeriCorps Member, Vannoster has been working under the direction of Catholic Social Service for the past year to help those who are experiencing economic distress.
In addition to immediate emergency needs, Vannoster works with clients to secure good quality financial assistance through economic benefits, tax refunds, tax credits and financial education, while helping them make better financial choices so they can achieve a greater level of self sufficiency.