In the months leading up to November’s Global Financial Dignity Summit, the HOPE Atlanta team has been working diligently to provide a testament to the impact of financial literacy resources throughout the community. August has served as an exceptional month for reaching clientele during the lead up to the grand opening of the HOPE Center at Ebenezer.
With 11 members of Ebenezer Church (participants in the Young Adult Ministry Program) taking part in a Credit and Money Management workshop led by Atlanta HOPE Center Vice President Walter Jackson, Atlanta’s HOPE Center is already becoming a part of the Ebenezer community.
The construction project for building the HOPE Center Atlanta at Ebenezer, has moved very swiftly this past month. We are at 98% completion and brick is present on all four sides of the building. The ceilings have been installed and paint and carpet are on deck. Furniture and equipment are next. The HOPE Atlanta family anxiously await the day when we get the keys and can move in.
In the meantime, HOPE Atlanta has worked diligently this August, bringing our financial management curriculum to new partners. HOPE Center Financial Management Counselor, Patrice Washington, facilitated a Credit Money Management workshop to the Executive leadership of Sheltering Arms engaging 21 people, arranging additional presentations to come. She reached out to 11 new clients at the Home Ownership Education Class August 11th and 4 participants at the library on August 14th. Patrice closed the month with 11 one-on-one new credit counseling clients.
We are proud to announce the graduation of 14 participants in our Entrepreneurship Training Program, who were honored on September 4th at the Auburn Research Library with keynote speaker Jay Bailey, the HOPE Atlanta Market CEO. These dedicated students emerged from 20 initial participants, showing their strong dedication to personal growth. The small business workshop will be held at the same location on September 13th.
The Home Ownership Portfolio has began to take wings under HOPE Center Atlanta Community Lending Officer, Adrienne Butler. She has added her tweaks to the current workshop structure to add her own touch to the program. In August the home ownership program began its case management enrollments by enrolling 4 people. We look forward to growing the program even further in Q4 2012!
Thank you HOPE Atlanta partners, volunteers, clients for making the summer of 2012 an huge success. We look forward to further success this fall.