Do you want to save money to buy a new car, a house, take your family on a vacation, send your kids to college, or just pay your bills on time? Interested in learning more about your credit score, your credit report, and techniques for managing debt? $tand By Me® offers FREE one-on-one support to Delawareans who want to understand more about their money, make good financial decisions, and reach their financial goals.
The $tand By Me Financial Empowerment program was created in 2011 through a partnership with the United Way of DE and State of DE. West End became the New Castle County lead partner, training the first coaches and opening the first sites in our state. Primary services include: (1) personal financial coaching; (2) credit review and education; (3) post-secondary education planning; (4) tax assistance by certified tax experts.
Financial coaches help participants develop a personal action plan to set and reach their goals via budget preparation, credit report review and repair assistance, education on safe consumer financial products, targeted savings programs and asset development goals. Participants receive free credit reports and scores, personal budgeting software, as well as debt management planning tools and savings guides to help them reach their goals. Participants can schedule individual appointments with their coach or attend ongoing workshops where they can interact with peers and learn from one another as well as the coach.
Personal coaching and workshops are offered throughout the community in non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, employer based sites, as well as in community centers and state service centers. This co-locating approach enables easy and convenient access to services and eliminates the need for participants to take time off of work or travel for appointments. $tand By Me serves those in need regardless of geographical location.
The personal financial coaches at West End Neighborhood House will connect you with resources and help you take steps to make your financial dreams a reality. For more information or to set up an appointment at a location near you, call (302) 283-5562 or visit www.StandByMeDE.org