Catholic Charities of Shreveport’s Financial Education Program, The Money School offers low-income individuals an opportunity to learn how to better manage their income but it is so much more than that. In the 4 hour class, taught by our Financial Education Coordinator, Carl Piehl, he will teach the students how to create an individual budget, how to open and maintain a bank account, how to begin a savings account and plan for the future, how to decrease unnecessary spending and use those “found” dollars in a better way, like paying down debt and adding to savings and how to avoid predatory lenders.
The classes, taught on Monday’s beginning at 4:30 PM, require enrollment and fill up quickly. Those who seek Emergency Assistance from Catholic Charities are required to take a minimum of one class to become eligible for that assistance. Our goal is to offer a hand up rather than a hand out and to guide our clients along a better, healthier and happier financial path.
To that end, we also offer financial coaching to support and encourage each person who has completed a class to follow the plan designed just for them. We want to be there to offer the kind of support that sustains these significant and life-changing steps toward a sound financial future. The benefits of this program are immeasurable and extend past the individual to the family and even the larger community.
If you would like to be a part of this important work as a volunteer coach, if you feel called to support persons in their desire to better themselves and their families and you feel this is the right program for you, please contact us. We’d love to have you as a part of our financial education program team.
Please contact us today at 318 865-0200.