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Community Connections to host workshop

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pathfinder Community Connections, the Community Development division of Pathfinder Services, will be hosting a series of workshops focused on overall financial wellness with an emphasis on building and improving credit scores beginning July 14 in Fort Wayne. This workshop series has four different 2½  hour sessions intended for everybody in the community who would like to improve their financial situation. Workshops will take place at Pathfinder Community Connections located at 3326 South Calhoun Street, Suite 102 across from South Side High School in Fort Wayne. All courses will be instructed by staff from Purdue Extension, Consumer Credit Counseling Services and Pathfinder Community Connections.

Each workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the dates listed below, and topics for each session include:

Thursday, July 14: Financial planning in easy steps by discussing: why financial planning is important, self-assessment, how to set and achieve financial goals, improve financial management practices,

Thursday, July 21: Wise use of credit. Receive your credit report for free. Discussing credit danger signs, how credit reporting works, achieving a healthier credit score, solving common credit reporting errors and problems, and how much credit is too much,

Thursday, July 28: Being a responsible consumer by discussing: bank products and services, household record keeping, predatory lending and practices, and your financial health and net worth,

Thursday, August 4: Focus on the future by discussing: effective couponing and other money saving tips, why is insurance important, tax credits and deductions, celebrating your success, and next steps towards financial fitness.

Each workshop is free but registration is required. Space is limited so please call today. To register please contact Sandy Wolfe at Pathfinder Community Connections at (260) 456-2385 ext. 3601 or e-mail her at

Everyone who attends all four workshops will be entered into a chance to win a $50 gift card. Additionally there is an opportunity to qualify for a choice of incentives after completing all four workshops.  Participants may be eligible to receive up to $300 from Pathfinder Community Connections to open a matched savings account at a local bank.  Participants may also be eligible to receive up to a $300 loan with a local financial institution regardless of credit history. Certain restrictions apply to the above offers.

“We are very fortunate to continue to be able to offer this financial fitness program to educate the communities we serve on the importance of improving credit and increasing financial stability,” stated Natalie Fisher, homeownership education coordinator for Pathfinder Community Connections. “People who participate in our workshops have found ways to improve their credit scores and continue along the path towards financial fitness. This is the first key to becoming successful homeowners and we are happy to help families through the process,” Fisher concluded.

These workshops are made possible through grants received from NeighborWorks America, Jones Abstract, Lake City Bank, PNC Bank and State Farm Insurance.