Financial Health

Update 10-5-2020: The training series scheduled for Oct./Nov. has been postponed. Please check back in January for new dates.

The Health Fund is partnering with Interfaith Housing and Community Services – a Hutchinson-based organization which seeks to alleviate poverty and build community through housing assistance, financial education and individual empowerment – to provide a new special opportunity for Kansas and Nebraska Healthy Congregations churches to increase financial wellness in their congregations and communities.

August 20 Webinar Recording

Interfaith’s Take Control Collaborative Coaching promotes financial wellness through client-centered behavior-based education which can help anyone reach their financial goals through healthy decision-making. The online training equips your staff or volunteers to move beyond short-term, crisis assistance to building relationships and walking alongside individuals towards their goals for economic sufficiency with dignity.

Take Control covers strategies including management of personal finances, successful navigation of the financial market, access to financial products and services, and encouragement and support to practice positive financial behaviors that help people achieve their goals, including:

  • Regulating spending in order to increase household cash flow
  • Managing debt and leveraging credit in order to maintain positive credit profiles
  • Implementing intentional savings in order to gain security and protection for the future
  • Making disciplined decisions in order to execute financial plans and reach financial goals

Interfaith also offers an Individual Development Account (IDA) program, which empowers individuals and families who qualify to develop and maintain solid financial foundations by helping them save for the purchase of a high-return asset, including:

  • Buying a home
  • Making repairs to a home
  • Continuing education through college or technical training
  • Starting or growing a small business

Upon completion of the class, clients are eligible to open a savings account and receive a 2:1 match for every dollar they save. Qualifying households save for a minimum of six months toward the purchase of their asset.

Interfaith Housing & Community Services Logo

Introductory Webinar

The webinar covers the Take Control program and other Interfaith opportunities and work of possible interest to HC teams. View the webinar recording via the window to the left.
Download Presentation Slides

The online training is provided over four sessions. The original October/November 2020 series has been postponed. Please check back for updates.

© United Methodist Health Ministry Fund