In an unlikely partnership, Colorado Springs Utilities has hooked up with New Life Church to give advice on household budgeting.
They're sponsoring a free class — "Winning with Money: How to Get Ahead in Hard Times" — at 6 p.m., Thursday at Penrose Library (20 S. Cascade Ave.).
Conducting the class will be financial author and money coach Amie Streater, who will give tips on managing finances for short- and long-term goals, and Utilities officials will outline ways to save on your energy and water bills.
From the city's press release:
“Unfortunately, many people are in financial crisis,” Streater said. “It breaks my heart to see good families go through the heartbreak of foreclosure, the agony of debt and the misery of divorce brought on by financial failures. Occasionally, financial upheaval cannot be avoided, but 99 percent of the time, it can.”
The class is a combined effort between Project COPE and New Life Church, a Project COPE community agency. Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency.
“We hear from a lot of individuals and families who need help getting over a hump or putting their lives back on track. Life emergencies and this recession have impacted almost everyone,” said Denise Sulski, program manager for Project COPE. “This free budgeting class offers the tools to help many in our community find some much-needed financial stability.”
About Project COPE
For more than 20 years, with the help of utilities customers, Project COPE has provided assistance to customers facing utility disconnection. It is the only local organization that dedicates its entire funding to utilities payment assistance year-round. In 2010, Project COPE 3,729 assisted households Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 reports that utilities payment assistance is its top request for help.
About Amie Streater
Amie Streater is a financial author, pastor and money coach. She is the author of, “Your Money God’s Way — Overcoming the 7 Money Myths that Keep Christians Broke” and is the Financial Stewardship Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. She is a certified financial coach through Dave Ramsey and Crown Financial Ministries and has helped thousands of families eliminate more than $7 million in debt in the past four years alone. She writes about personal finance for national magazines and prominent websites and shares her philosophies of debt freedom and living a fun, simple lifestyle at amiestreater.com.