Beginning to Break Free (Tashia’s Story)

Tashia w/ her children

Tashia w/ her children

Tashia is an administrative assistant at the Wilson Gray YMCA in Hartford, CT.  It is there that she meets and enjoys working with people from all walks of life.  This particular branch of the YMCA is located in Hartford’s Clay Arsenal Neighborhood, which is one of the most impoverished communities in Connecticut.  In addition to working fulltime at the YWCA, Tashia is a single mom raising two children while attending Springfield College for a degree in Human Services.

Tashia heard about the Connecticut Money School’s financial coaching program by one of the trained coaches, Faith.  Faith was recruited and trained as a financial coach in December 2014.  Prior to becoming a financial coach, Faith formed a bond with Tashia, as she too worked at the Wilson Gray YMCA as a Program Manager.

With Faith’s help, Tashia established SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) savings goals.  “Faith has so much passion for helping others.” Tashia says, “She helped me to understand how I could save money without continuously withdrawing money out of my savings account.”

Faith also helped Tashia to improve her credit score.  Together, they pulled Tashia’s free credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com and reviewed it closely.  In reviewing the report they found a discrepancy showing that items were purchased in Texas, a place that Tashia never visited.  Tashia was absolutely shocked.  With the help of her financial coach, Tashia filed a credit dispute to have the item removed from her report and now realizes the importance of continuous credit monitoring.

Today, Tashia says she is thankful for the help and resources she received from the CT Money School financial coach.  Newly empowered in managing her own finances, Tashia carries financial knowledge and skills that she can use for the rest of her life.  What’s even more endearing is that Tashia is better prepared to help her two children to navigate finances as well – not only serving as an example, but also as a resource.

At the CT Money School, our staff and volunteers are proud of the accomplishments of Tashia and so many other individuals and families that have utilized our services.  Learn more about workshops being offered in your community or contact our financial coaches TODAY!

– Michael Heaven, Financial Coaching Coordinator