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 of counselors and educators at Financial Pathways of the Piedmont.
Patti is just one of the counselors who is making a difference through her caring attitude and advocacy for clients facing a financial crisis. “How blessed I am to have the opportunity to help others and being invited into the lives of clients who have come to trust me. It is a great gift I will always treasure.” Patti relayed a story about a client named “Mandy,”* who was facing eviction and feeling the emotional toll from the stress of her financial situation. Patti proactively brought together Mandy, her landlord, and family members to see if she could identify the root cause of the problem and help facilitate a solution. She did that and much more, as Mandy found a job and has since achieved a level of financial stability she never dreamed was possible.
A few weeks ago, Patti received a thank you note from Mandy with an amazing story, excerpted here:
“I wanted to share something that happened to me today at work. It let me know that my life has purpose and meaning. I wanted to call in sick today, but I rode the bus into work anyways. Just as I was asking myself, ‘what am I doing here?,’ a lady came into the store. After a bit of conversation that led me to telling her that I sing at my dad’s church, she asked me his name. When I responded, she immediately paused and tears came to her eyes as she asked about my mom. You see, while my mom was pregnant some 33 years ago, she was a witness to an active shooter. As the story goes, a lady named Judy hid with her in the bathroom stall and covered my pregnant mother, willing to sacrifice her life to protect a complete stranger and her unborn child. That child was me and Judy, who saved my life before I even knew I had one, was looking at me in my now tear-filled eyes. If it weren’t for this lady and her prayers and quick thinking, I may not have been born. I realized that when we need strength and a sense of purpose most, there are people who are put on our path to provide it. This made me feel all sorts of good and I just wanted to share that with you.”
When I reflect on the work that we do at Financial Pathways of the Piedmont, I realize just how fortunate we are to have opportunities to fulfill the purpose of helping people build financial well-being.
* Not her real name