YWCA’s Financial Empowerment Program interrupts the cycle of homelessness and the cycle of poverty by educating women about healthy financial management and providing tools to save and grow their income. A key component of the program is one-on-one financial coaching. YWCA recently hired three new staff members who will help families toward the goal of financial stability.
Charlene Hurst will work with families through the YWCA’s child development centers. Charlene, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan University and will begin her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Tarleton State University this fall, is retired from a 34-year career with AT&T. She has been recognized by the City of Fort Worth’s Youth Leadership Initiative and its Rising Stars Program for her contribution to the its Financial Literacy component this summer.
Renee Griggs and Sean Fanning will be working with families in Tarrant County. Renee, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Houston is a financial advisor who worked previously for Morgan Stanley. Sean is a professional educator who received his Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University.
Kate Gaines, Director of the Financial Empowerment Program, said this about the program and staff, “Our financial empowerment team is excited to bring this valuable program to hard-working families in Tarrant County. The new coaches come to us with years of experience working with people who want to make a better life for their families. Financial education and asset development are critical to moving families out of poverty to self-sufficiency.”
If you know of someone who would benefit from the program, have them contact Kate Gaines.