April is Financial Literacy Month
Tax season is almost at an end! While some filed early (tax refund!) or are waiting until the last minute (got to pay), at the end of the day we all have to stay on top of our household finances in order to avoid financial headaches down the line. Seeing that April is Financial Literacy Month, I am excited to share with you how The Salvation Army of Greater Houston collaborates with the United Way so that our clients have access to a stable financial foundation.
Through our Social Services Department, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston offers a wide-variety of programs including supportive services such as rental/utility assistance and gas cards, to name a few. In addition to these services, we also provide information and referrals, one of them being the United Way’s THRIVE program.
United Way’s THRIVE Center in Fort Bend
The United Way’s THRIVE program is considered a “One-Stop Shop” where the main goal is to offer financial stability by teaching clients how to maintain healthy financial habits, offer job search assistance and provide employment resources.
Here at our Salvation Army Social Services Fort Bend office, the THRIVE program we refer our clients to consists of a four-member team: Olivia Owolope, THRIVE Program Manager; Doug White, Financial Coach; Monee Cheney, Employment Coach; Ruby Canales, Resource Support Coaching. These talented and passionate individuals collectively provide information and referrals, advocacy, employment services, financial coaching, referrals to mainstream benefits and much more.
How Salvation Army clients have received support
Every client that seeks services at The Salvation Army is encouraged to attend the United Way’s THRIVE orientation. *Sheril is one of those individuals we referred to THRIVE orientation. She met with the coaches and was eligible to form part of the program. As of March 1st, she has been employed full-time at a day care. She was needing uniforms for work and the THRIVE employment coach referred her to the Work Force Solutions for assistance. This additional assistance is thanks to the connection she made with THRIVE.
Another individual who has received assistance through THRIVE is *Charles. He had been unemployed for a year and recently began working full-time at a grocery store as a stoker. However, Charles is not settling for this job and continues to meet with the employment coach and financial coach when job leads are available for him to apply.
The United Way’s THRIVE program is a very valuable program that anyone can enroll in. And did I mention that it is FREE? The partnership between The Salvation Army and United Way’s THRIVE program continues to grow stronger, which means our clients are better prepared to overcome the obstacles they are facing and move onward and upward in their lives.
The United Way’s THRIVE Center in Fort Bend is located at 12300 Parc Crest Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477. To learn more about the assistance offered through this program, visit unitedwayhouston.org.
*Clients’ names were changed to protect their privacy.
About the Author:
Guadalupe Ramos is the Case Aide at our Social Services satellite office in Fort Bend. Ramos has been with The Salvation Army of Greater Houston since August 2016.