By Special to the Daily World
It’s free and can change your life for the better. The Concerned Black Clergy, with help from Wells Fargo, is urging Atlantans to get their financial house in order at two Saturday morning sessions at Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
“Many of us in our community have money problems. The Concerned Black Clergy and Wells Fargo want to assist you immediately to improve your financial situation,” said Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, senior pastor at the church. “Come and receive this financial, life-changing blessing.”
The sessions will take place on two Saturdays, March 5 and March 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The church is at 2295 Benjamin E. Mays Drive S.W. To sign up or get more information, call 404-752-6869. RSVPs are encouraged but walk-ins will be welcome. Or those interested can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 10 adults who register and complete the two-Saturday course will receive a $25 gift certificate.
“Want to understand your credit score — two words that make too many of us uncomfortable? Or find out how to correct your credit report? What about learning to prevent mortgage foreclosure, rather than losing your home? Then this is for you,” said Rev. Dr. Richard H. Cobble, president of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Counselors from CredAbility, the Atlanta-based nonprofit credit counseling agency, will also be on hand to provide their expertise.
In addition to learning about credit scores and credit reports, and learning how to address mortgage challenges, those who attend the free sessions will also learn how to do the following: Budget and track expenses, develop a savings plan, become a first-time homeowner, and effectively use checking and savings accounts.
“You don’t have to be one of our customers to get real benefits from attending this,” said Candy Moore, Wells Fargo senior vice president and head of community development for the company’s Southeast region. “But you have to be there to benefit.”
The March sessions follow a pilot program last summer at First Iconium Baptist Church.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to work with the Concerned Black Clergy to help meet the financial needs of many people across Atlanta,” said Jerome Byers, Atlanta regional president for Wells Fargo. “We’re grateful at the chance to provide financial assistance and our expertise.”