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United Way of Greater Stark County announced plans in January to open its Financial Prosperity Center at the Stark County OhioMeansJobs Center at 822-30th Street NW in Canton. The Financial Prosperity Center was developed to help Stark County residents become financially stable. Services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual client, and focus on three primary areas: employment counseling and placement, financial education and coaching, and public benefits access.
Services at the center will be offered free of charge and include: assistance with benefit applications (SNAP, TANF, FAFSA, Medicare and Medicaid, voter registration), VITA free income tax preparation, financial counseling and coaching, financial education classes and workshops, workforce and employment services (new employment coaching, career readiness classes, job search assistance, clothing vouchers, employment training). The project was made possible through funding from the Sterling Foundation.
"The colloboration with OhioMeansJobs is an excellent example of how United Way brings together organizations with common missions and goals, to improve the quality of life for people who are struggling," says Robin Seemann, UWGSC Income Impact Council Director. "OhioMeansJobs already facilitates job training and career services to create and grow employment opportunities. The Financial Prosperity Center will enhance these services while providing additional tools, resources and support to help people achieve and maintain financial stability."
"The Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board is excited to partner with the United Way of Greater Stark County to provide an array of financial services to customers within the OhioMeansJobs Center," says STWDB Executive Director Jennifer Meek Eells. "The Financial Prosperity Center will complement job seeker services available at the Stark County OhioMeansJobs Center. The financial and employment programs offered through the Prosperity Center will provide job seekers as well as employed individuals tools to enhance their families' financial well-being. Delivering more services through a "one-stop" location is an added benefit for our customers most in need."
The Financial Prosperity Center aligns with United Way's Income BOLD GOALS. United Way of Greater Stark County envisions a community where a cycle for financial success exists, allowing individuals and families access to build long-term, economic independence. The Financial Prosperity Center is one of the many financial stability initiatives programs and services developed to provide Stark County residents with pathways out of poverty that are realistic and sustainable. This innovative center is a wonderful example of United Way's mission to provide everyone in the community with the building blocks they need for achieving financial independence.
More information is available at http://www.uwstark.org/financial-prosperity-center or 330-491-2620.