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With the holidays and the New Year approaching, the Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta urge all those interested to “Get Financially Fit” by attending a free seminar on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Greater Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Hapeville.

To underscore the importance of attending, the first 30 adults who register and complete the course for the first time will receive a $25 gift certificate. Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

The church is located near I-75 at 3150 Dogwood Drive in Hapeville. The session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Registration is strongly encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. Register at http://www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900.

“This is a way to get the next year off on a sound footing and actually improve your life,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown. “This workshop, in partnership with Wells Fargo, is a great way to get started in the right financial direction.”

New to this workshop will be a session on student loans and financing higher education.

Attendees will be able to select three of six topics. Beside student loans, other sessions will cover:
• Credit scores and credit reports and how to make them better.
• How to prevent foreclosures.
• The basics of homebuying as the housing market improves.
• Getting ready for retirement.
• The basics of banking and how to prevent identity theft.

“We are delighted to welcome everyone to this important session at our church,” said the Rev. Dr. James Pullin, pastor of Greater Mt. Pleasant. “The needs in our community continue to be great.”

This is the fifth workshop of its kind in churches across Atlanta. In addition to homeownership and financial professionals from Wells Fargo, a counselor from CredAbility, the Atlanta-based non-profit credit counseling agency, will lead the session on credit.

Wells Fargo representatives will also be prepared to discuss the NeighborhoodLIFTprogram, through which those with annual incomes of up to 120 percent of the area median can receive up to $15,000 for a down payment on a house in the city of Atlanta. For a family of four, the income limit is $83,000. The program is an $8 million initiative by Wells Fargo and millions of dollars of assistance is still available.

Photo: Lori Medley of Wells Fargo teaches a session on homebuying at a previous Concerned Black Clergy seminar.

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