Archives for Client Stories

I wish

Financial Pathways is one of our community’s most precious, and most underutilized resources! As valuable  to ANY  citizen who wants greater control over their financial lives as it is for those dealing with financial crisis!  I wish I had discovered them earlier to better prepare my adult children for the financial world! David S. 
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“Many people were in this same financial situation”

This was the first step I needed to achieve in getting to my financial goal. It gave me a better understanding of debt management. I didn’t know that so many people were in this same financial situation. Didn’t realize I wouldn’t end up filing for bankruptcy. FPP was a great financial tool I needed for education FPP client after coming in for a Budget and Credit Counseling session    
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Living out My Life’s Purpose

Living out My Life’s Purpose- Peter Laroche, President and CEO “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne, American author   As a child, one of my most vivid memories was witnessing my parents’ daily arguments about money. We barely had enough money to pay our basic living expenses for housing, food, clothing, and transportation. And there were no emergency savings to help when our family faced health issues. My father grew up during the Great Depression, had a limited education, and worked as a carpenter from the age of fourteen. My mother had basic job
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“I wanted to share something that happened to me today at work. It let me know that my life has purpose and meaning”

During this winter season, as I look out my window and see the daffodils blooming and trees budding, I am reminded of the promise of spring. Like many people, I dread the dark, cold days of winter, but I have come to realize that we need to endure this difficult season in order to enjoy the beauty and renewal of spring. When it comes to our finances, it is much the same. There are often many obstacles on the path to financial well-being. For residents in our community, there is no need to journey alone thanks to the dedicated team
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Just when I thought the pathway was coming to a dead end!

I would like to thank Lisa Engelkins and the rest of the staff for caring about my situation and giving me and my son relief in a time of hardship, not once but twice! Just when I thought the pathway was coming to a dead end, Financial Pathways reached out and helped us on our way down a new one! Thank you so much, you are in all our prayers! God bless you all! FPP client    
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I expected just another government mandated waste of time…

 I was extremely impressed by the courtesy, professionalism, and effort the staff of this agency made to help me. I went in for counseling about obtaining a reverse mortgage for my elderly aunt. I expected just another government mandated waste of time session. Instead, I received a warm welcome and an extremely helpful adviser who helped me find several different ways to help keep my aging aunt in her home for the rest of her life. These folks are great! Posted on the Better Business Bureau website by former FPP client, Bill H.
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Mortgage Help Aids Laid-off Worker

For Yadkinville resident Terry Shaw and her late husband, Keith, the economic recession intersected with other events in their lives, leaving Terry alone and on shaky ground. Here is her story in her own words: “I’ve always worked. For a time I was a paralegal and administrative assistant, and then for seven years I worked directing the training program for a company that trained truck drivers. I was making a decent income and my husband had employment with a good company. Then in 2008, he became one of the countless people who lost their positions due to cut backs. He
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Benefits and Bills Revamp Gives Peace of Mind

Betsy was referred to Financial Pathways by a friend who knew Betsy’s finances bordered on disaster. Her power bill was late, her car insurance about to lapse, and credit card bills were piling up. With regular income of less than $800 a month and a poorly insulated rented house, utility bills ate up more than half her income. Forced to use credit cards to buy groceries and facing late fees and penalties, Betsy was ready to give up. The first meeting with a senior financial counselor revealed that Betsy was eligible for Medicaid and Food Stamps. Working with Crisis Control,
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Financial Fixes Save Senior’s Independence

Jennie, 79, was referred to Financial Pathways by the Department of Social Services. On a fixed monthly income of $958, all Jennie’s bills were late, her checking account was $500 overdrawn, and she depended on crises programs to pay for food and utilities. Her home and car insurance was about to be cancelled for non-payment; she was months behind on her car payment. A senior money management counselor visited Jennie and learned that repairs were needed to keep her home safe and that she had an overdue credit card in her name, maxed out by a granddaughter. Looking at Jennie’s
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