Financial Empowerment Program

The Financial Empowerment Program

The Financial Empowerment Program (FEP) is a continuum of financial programs designed to improve the financial health and stability of low-income households and those impacted by poverty.  The program aims to facilitate personal change, teach competencies and support the development of long-term positive money management habits.  


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Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World  explores the impact of poverty on individuals and the community as a whole.  

During this 12 week program, participants investigate how the hidden rules of social class can be used to build financial, emotional and social resources. Investigating their own lives, graduates of the Getting Ahead program will learn how to open doors to new relationships, new job opportunities and take advantage of supportive resources in their community.

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Financial Coaching & Literacy

The Financial Empowerment Program provides a stress free environment to gain valuable insight and set financial goals including: debt reduction, improving housing, education, income or transportation.

Financial coaches work directly with participants and provide the individualized support necessary to improve finances. Participants will receive guidance on how to create a budget, repair their credit and be prepared to buy a home or obtain a loan. This individualized dynamic will provide the longer-term support necessary to help participants make well-informed financial decisions.  

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Asset Development & Matched Savings

The Financial Empowerment Program includes a special matched savings program for individuals and families with limited income. The Individual Development Account (IDA) Program offers working families the opportunity to achieve long-term goals - specifically home purchase, education, business start-up or business expansion.  The IDA Program assists families or individuals in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Williams and Van Wert counties in establishing financial goals, saving money and accumulating assets in order to enhance their standard of living.

How the IDA Program Works:

The IDA Program works by tripling the money you save.  NOCAC will contribute $2 for every $1 that you deposit into a joint savings account.

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FEP Class Schedule

The Financial Empowerment Program offers many educational events and opportunities to build money management skills.  Attendees receive valuable information to create and accomplish financial goals, fix credit ratings, and avoid identity theft.  Please consult this schedule for class dates and other important information.    

Advance registration is required to attend classes.  Please contact Amy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 419-784-2150.

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