Several Nacogdoches organizations join forces to present free financial seminars

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Do you ever feel like you're never going to get out of a financial bind? Lots of people ask that question, no matter their income. In Nacogdoches, a unique collaboration is helping adults get out or stay out of a financial crisis.

Workforce Solutions in Nacogdoches' free seminars are helping people manage their finances, and Mary-Ann Thacker signed up.

Because I'm always out of money," Thacker said.

Professional bankers who are United Way volunteers assure participants they're taking the right step toward sound money management.

"I like the saying,' don't let your money control you, you control your money,'" said David Madrid, an instructor and United Way volunteer. "The more you're on top of it, the more you manage it, the better you are."

Thacker fears a second job is in her future. At 65, she would rather be thinking about retirement.

"I work real hard, and I would like to see something come back to me a little bit," Thacker said.

Goodwill joins United Way in encouraging adults there are steps anyone can take to reach financial stability.

"To go out and find the help that you need and to understand to work with whoever your creditors are because they will work with you as long as they think that you are really putting in an effort," said Tracy Shannon, Goodwill's family financial stability director.

The classes will cover important information to help students make the most of every dollar.

Budgeting, saving techniques, bank services, home ownership, and many more useful financial topics are already taking Thacker of a panic state.

"Now I'm starting to get where I see I can get through this," Thacker said.

United Way, Goodwill, and Workforce Solutions contend the success of an individual leads to a successful community.

The free financial classes will run through October 30th. They will be held every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Workforce Solutions of Deep East Texas on South Street in Nacogdoches. Courses will be taught by volunteers from local banks, and lunch will be provided for all participants. The classes are supported by the partnership of United Way of Nacogdoches County, Goodwill of Central East Texas and Workforce Solutions of Deep East Texas.

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