At the beginning of a new year, many of us look to make changes, develop skills, and set new goals. Some National Home residents are looking to tackle their financial goals this year with the aid of a new financial education support group that began in January.
This group was designed by the Center for Financial Social Work and is facilitated by members of the National Home’s case management team. This unique group provides participants with a learning experience that promotes healthier financial decision-making, builds money management skills, and enhances self-awareness.
Members of the Taking Charge group meet each week via Zoom to explore their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and attitudes about money. In addition, participants learn basic financial skills, gain insight into their current financial circumstances, set financial goals, and begin their financial healing.
One of the things that participants have enjoyed the most is the comradery and support they receive from both staff and other residents. Together, they will continue to help each other develop solutions for financial problems and explore the relevance of money in their lives. As they do, their financial behavior, values, attitudes, and priorities will shift, leading to personal growth and financial change. By the end, participants will learn how to talk about money in healthy ways and discover that managing money can be interesting, doable and even fun!