Free Financial Counseling Expanded to Western Fairfax

March 12th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Whetzel, 703-273-8829

Our Daily Bread Partners With Community Groups, Fairfax County to Expand Free Financial Education Offerings to Community Members Throughout the Fairfax County Area

Note: Our Daily Bread changed its name to Britepaths on July 21, 2016

FAIRFAX, VA (March 12, 2015) – Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread (ODB) is pleased to announce that it is expanding its Free Financial Counseling Clinics (FCC) to Western Fairfax, thanks to a new partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, Ox Hill Baptist Church and Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services. This new clinic is in addition to an on-going monthly offering in Alexandria, hosted by ODB partner United Community Ministries, and a free monthly basic budgeting class available in various areas of the County.

FCCs provide an opportunity for community members who have low or moderate incomes to participate in a free, one-on-one session with a financial planner. The volunteers provide a one-time, 45-minute session to help clients examine their immediate financial situation and help them create a course of action to address concerns and better plan for their future. The inaugural Financial Counseling Clinic in Western Fairfax was on February 23. The next one will be on March 23 in Chantilly. The next Alexandria FCC will be on April 8. More information on time, location and additional dates is included below.

Fairfax County area residents who complete an FCC and demonstrate dedication to doing the hard work to improve their finances may be eligible for ODB’s six-month Financial Mentoring Program or Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ Financial Peace University. In ODB’s Program, a client is matched with a volunteer for intensive work on developing and maintaining a household budget, reducing debt and increasing savings.

The FCCs are open to community members in and outside Fairfax County. ODB asks that anyone interested in attending RSVP in advance. Many of the volunteer financial planners work in the industry, and several of ODB’s volunteers work at Edelman Financial Services, LLC. Planners do not sell any services to the FCC attendees.

Our Daily Bread’s Executive Director, Lisa Whetzel said, “We are so excited to partner with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, Ox Hill Baptist Church and Neighborhood and Community Services to expand a vital community service to Western Fairfax. We are also delighted to continue our partnership with United Community Ministries to ensure that community members who live in and around Alexandria have access to FCCs. Adults need safe access to credible financial advice to address their financial crises, and so many of the participants in the Clinics have told us that the session was so valuable to them.”

Our Daily Bread also offers a free monthly budgeting class called “Thrifty Thursdays” that typically occurs on the third Thursday of each month at a rotating location throughout Fairfax County. These sessions are also led by a trained Financial Literacy volunteer, and offer an overview on developing a personal spending plan and learning ways to increase income and reduce expenses. These two-hour classes are open to members of the public, regardless of where they reside or income levels. The next class will be held on March 19 at Chantilly High School. Details are below.

OUR DAILY BREAD'S FREE FINANCIAL EDUCATION OFFERINGS:

Here are the details of ODB’s free Financial Literacy offerings that are open to the public, with dates and locations in the coming months. RSVP is required in advance to attend any session. Details on accessing ODB’s Financial Literacy services are available at: http://www.ODBFairfax.org/FinlitAccesstoClasses.

Free Financial Counseling Clinics:

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Sessions Held at Chantilly Computer Learning Center Partnerships
4101 Elmwood St., Chantilly, VA  20151 (enter through back of Ox Hill Baptist Church)
Upcoming Dates: Mar. 23, Apr. 27, May 18, Jun. 22
(arrive between 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. to ensure time to meet with a Financial Planner)
Please RSVP to: Lillian Diaz at: ldiaz@wfcmva.org or 703-988-9656 x108
Please register one week in advance; Spanish translation available, please email or call to request a week in advance. Limited Child Care Available for children age 2 and up.

United Community Ministries
7511 Fordson Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22306
Upcoming Dates:  Apr. 8, May 13, Jun. 10
(arrive between 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. to ensure time to meet with a Financial Planner)
Please RSVP to: Paula Paige at Paula.Paige@ucmagency.org or 571-255-8968
Please register one week in advance; Spanish translation available, please email or call to request. Child Care Available.

Thrifty Thursdays Budgeting Classes:
All Classes are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
RSVP to FinLit2@ODBFairfax.org or 703-273-8829

Heritage Building
7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 329 (West Bldg.), Annandale, VA 22003
Upcoming Classes:  Apr. 16, Jul. 16

South County Government Center
8350 Richmond Highway, Room 220, Alexandria, VA 22309
Upcoming Classes: May 21, Aug. 20

Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Road, Room 252, Chantilly, VA 20151
Upcoming Classes:  Mar. 19, Jun. 18

Special Financial Counseling at Northern Virginia Housing Expo

ODB is also offering a special Financial Counseling opportunity in March at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo at Herndon High School (700 Bennett St., Herndon, VA) on  March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ODB financial planners will be on hand to provide free one-on-one Financial Counseling sessions to Expo attendees who come by ODB’s information table and register that day. An ODB Financial Literacy volunteer will also present an information session on “The ABC’s of Credit Scoring.” More information on the Expo is available at: http://www.novahousingexpo.org/.

Volunteers Needed

ODB has an on-going need for Financial Literacy volunteers to serve as mentors, budget class instructors and financial counselors. There is a great need for bilingual volunteers and those able to volunteer in the Alexandria area. ODB frequently offers information sessions for new or prospective Financial Literacy volunteers. The next session is on May 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ODB’s office in Fairfax City, 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030. RSVP to FinancialLiteracy@ODBFairfax.org or 703-273-8829. Visit http://www.ODBFairfax.org/FinlitVolunteers for more information.

About Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread is in its 31st year of providing assistance and a way forward for struggling individuals and families throughout the Fairfax County area. The organization relies on funding and volunteer support from the Fairfax community to provide supplemental food, financial assistance, financial mentoring and budget classes, an intensive Project BRIDGE program to foster long-term self-sufficiency, the Naomi Project to mentor at-risk new and expecting mothers, holiday assistance and back-to-school assistance. More information is available at www.ODBFairfax.org.

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