Free financial training offers answers to financial woes

First Posted: 1/16/2009

One Surry County couple looking for answers to financial woes after a recent job loss found several answers and a plan of action for the future for free yesterday in the Habitat for Humanity Restore Parking Lot on West Pine Street.
There, Sherry and Alfred (who declined to give their last names), boarded the 40-foot BB&T Bank bus, where they had access to 11 computer workstations, and received assistance from BB&T staff and a free credit report. The staff was on hand to provide information about financial management and credit counseling.
The free Road to Success Financial Training housed inside the retrofitted mobile technology lab is sponsored by BB&T bank and Habitat for Humanity, which helps low-income families build and afford homes.
The bank bus will be also be on site today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jenna Key, a banking officer and certified financial center leader with BB&T, said the free financial workshop allows participants one-on-one counseling with a BB&T representative, and resources for other needs.
You can get information for Habitat for Humanity, financial education, credit counseling, budgeting and even students who need help planning for the future like college, she said. Its good for people to know that someone in community is there for them to answer questions.
Alfred said he and his wife, Sherry, drove from Elkin to participate in the free financial training Friday afternoon in hopes of planning for their future. Sherry lost her job late last year, and Alfred, who works for Vaughn-Bassett Furniture, will be without a job in about two weeks when the Virginia-based company closes its Elkin plant.
Were trying to put together at least a game plan, Alfred said. We have to look at what money is coming in and make a plan, figure out the proper rotation for paying things.
One course of action, Sherry said, is her plan to return to school to study to become a Spanish interpreter.
This is good for people who arent computer savvy or dont have computer access, she said.
Her husband agreed, and recommended that others attend the training, which lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.
Where else could you go and print out 37 pages and get a lot of help about your credit, he said. You wouldnt be able to.
Jerry and Frances Jasinski said they became interested in participating in the financial training when they drove by and saw the bus in the parking lot.
Because of a past experiences with identity theft, the Jasinski decided to receive their free credit reports to check them for inaccuracies.
Its informative, Jerry Jasinski said of the session. People should participate in this because identity theft is so prevalent.
BB&T financial officer Key said thats one of the most important reasons people should check their credit at least once a year for identity thefts and other problems.
People often think that the wrong information cant happen to them, she said. Having a number of errors is not that uncommon.
For more information about the free Road to Success financial training call Lynn Wilkes (Habitat for Humanity) at 789-4663.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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