Workshop helps community organizations enhance clients’ financial skills

2013-10-03T14:30:00Z 2013-10-03T17:39:10Z Workshop helps community organizations enhance clients’ financial skillsRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent
October 03, 2013 2:30 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE │ Local organizations wanting to help individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships attended a free “Train the Trainer” workshop Thursday at Northwest Indiana Community Action.

Hosted by Bank On Northwest Indiana and led by staff from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Community Affairs Program, the workshop gave attendees a detailed overview of successful strategies for delivering the Money Smart curriculum and tips for linking financial education to traditional banking relationships.

Center for Possibilities in Hobart provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Executive Director Renae Brantley said the workshop would be another resource for the families her organization serves.

“We impact education, health and income in our service compliment and this is a critical piece of that income aspect of what we do in providing resources for our families,” she said. “We are already helping families meet challenges. This is part of the income issue that’s very valuable.”

Penny Triezenberg, family services coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, said the workshop could help Habitat in its work to “make our families really aware of what is out there.”

Triezenberg said it’s about their partner families becoming more self-sufficient members of the community.

“It’s a sense of empowerment,” she said.

Centier Bank Financial Capabilities Coordinator and Bank On spokeswoman Dian Reyome was thrilled to see the workshop packed with representatives from banks and community organizations and said they are the ones who can spread the word to their clients about financial literacy.

“We have some bankers here who have come to learn how to present this material and we also have community organizations that can present to their clients or find out about Bank On and the FDIC materials and then request Bank On members present to their clients,” she said.

Michael Schrage, Centier Bank’s President and CEO, said Centier was proud to be the lead bank and help the FDIC bring the Bank On effort to Northwest Indiana.

“We have since partnered with many community organizations, Citizens, First Midwest and Peoples banks and continue to look for other financial institutions interested in offering this product to those in need,” he said. “One of Bank On Northwest Indiana’s goals is to provide high-quality financial education opportunities at least six times annually though our community partners and financial institutions. This presentation certainly meets that standard.”

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