Pocono Alliance recognizes the need for help for people in our county who are in, or near, poverty to get back on their feet and on the road to economic self-sufficiency. That is why for more than 5 years we have been running the Getting Ahead program, which helps people in poverty examine their lives and make changes for themselves.
In 2017 we are running 8 classes at 4 locations, including new programs at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in Snydersville and at The Mountain Center in Coolbaugh. In addition to expanding our program offerings to serve more clients, we also started a six-week Financial Literacy pilot program. We covered topics such as budgeting, credit repair, creating a savings plan, financial recovery, and more. We were pleased to welcome Christine Andrew and Jayne Williams from NEPA Community Federal Credit Union and Shenequa Mack of New York Life as guest speakers who shared their knowledge and expertise with us.
Participants who attended Financial Literacy told us it was “very practical,” and that they “learned something new each week.” We look forward to providing this information to additional Getting Ahead classes in the future.