By spreading the wealth, we are referring to knowledge. Since the induction of THRHA’s Financial Cent$ program organizations have reached out to the Financial Cent$ program so that they may in turn teach their clients valuable financial wellness education. When the Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) Inc. reached out to THRHA regarding training in financial literacy, we couldn’t have dreamed of a better fit. THRHA wanted to share a different perspective on why AWARE found value in having all staff and some volunteers attend the Financial Cent$ training, so we interviewed Saralyn Tabachnick, Executive Director at AWARE, Inc. and asked some questions regarding the valuable partnership between THRHA and Aware:
1.) How did your partnership begin with THRHA-Financial Cent$ Program?
“It’s very difficult for people living in poverty and living with domestic violence to escape their situation. I’ve long been interested in financial literacy for AWARE program participants, and realize finances can be a source of stress for AWARE staff as well. While AWARE has worked with THRHA in other capacities, I didn’t know you also offered financial literacy classes. My Deputy Director, Mandy Cole, learned that you offer Financial Literacy classes and the Financial Cent$ program coordinator Dawn’s interest in working with AWARE, and passed the information on to me. I contacted Dawn immediately. She explained her classes, and offered to meet with me so I could learn more. When we met, I was very taken with the curriculum, with Dawn’s enthusiasm and acceptance of people where they are, her willingness to help, support, and teach. We set a date she could come to AWARE to provide training for our staff.”
2.) How did staff react to the training?
“Staff LOVED the training. They responded positively to the exercises, and many said they learned more than they expected, mostly about themselves! The training helped people recognize what they learned about money from when they were children, and about their emotional connections to money. I know that is was a wonderful training because people are still talking about it, over a week later!”
3.) What is the importance of Financial Literacy education to AWARE?
“Financial Literacy education at AWARE is important for many reasons...
We know that financial abuse is a very common tactic of domestic violence offenders- they are controlling how family money is spent. When we ask women, “How would your financial situation be different if you were not living with your partner?” We get very meaningful responses. We also realize that many people experience stress around finances, no matter what their financial or employment standing. As part of AWARE’s workplace wellness, Dawn came to AWARE and provided staff with wonderfully useful information and tools. What we learn as a staff will trickle down to our work with AWARE residents, and we intend to have Dawn teach Financial Literacy classes for our residents as well. We are very grateful for our partnership with THRHA and Dawn Wesley! Thank you!”
4.) Would you recommend this training?
“I highly recommend this training, it was invaluable!”
A primary goal of the Financial Cent$ program is to help organizations implement financial literacy programs internally. The more people are knowledgeable about financial literacy, the more the wealth is being spread, which is why this partnership was not only valuable to AWARE but also invaluable to THRHA.