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02-05-2019 · Making Wages Work

Make your wages work for you

You are a small business owner who needs help. The first two years have been hard, but you have made it over the hump. You are starting to pick up steam and generate interest in your community. You have supply costs and…

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Lavonna’s Story: <br>From Homelessness to Homeowner

08-28-2017 · Homelessness · Making Wages Work

Lavonna’s Story:
From Homelessness to Homeowner

After working as a nurse for 18 years, Lavonna McKoy broke her knee. The demands of a nursing career were too much for her injury, and eventually she lost her job. As she struggled to make ends meet, Lavonna ultimately lost her home.

At the time, she felt defeated. She remembers her children telling her that she had “lost her fight.” This motivated Lavonna to push forward. In her search for assistance, she found United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Financial Capability Network.

Achieving Financial Stability by Making Wages Work

At the time, Lavonna was still in transitional housing and was eager to regain her independence. After realizing that her low credit score did not qualify her to buy a house, Lavonna sought financial coaching through Making Wages Work, a program within the Financial Capability Network. Using what she learned, Lavonna opened a bank account and started making timely payments on her credit card. Slowly, her credit score climbed and in December of 2016, Lavonna achieved her dream of buying a house.

Paying It Forward

Today, Lavonna works as a contractor with United Way, primarily serving women and children in Clayton County. She was approached about the job by the same person who coached her during her time of need. Lavonna regards United Way as her family, and she loves the opportunity to pay it forward daily.

Making Wages Work

08-03-2017 · Making Wages Work

Making Wages Work

Many low income and working-class families in the Greater Atlanta area do not have enough bankability to achieve goals like qualifying for a mortgage or funding higher education. They lack the financial literacy and money management skills that would enable them to…

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