Financial Literacy Pilot Program
This past summer, I CARE OUTREACH, a financial literacy program, completed two Faith & Finances courses – providing 11 Certificates of Completion and four Certificates of Participation to St. Vincent’s Associates.
This ten-week program, developed by Pastor Robert M. Turner and piloted through St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, set out to lay the foundation for financial literacy by discussing money in the context of relationships, attitudes, values and obstacles. All participants were given tools to plan ahead, set goals, and develop a spending plan. They tracked their income and expenses weekly and learned to account for spending, giving, thrift, debt and risk.
“Pastor Turner provided a great Service in Faith and Finance. It was simple and practical.” said Sonya McClain, who works at St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services – Changing Images Adult Day Services. “I will continue to use both the Biblical and secular tips that will lead me into a new journey of being debt-free. I can also share these tips with individuals who may have issues with their finances and help to lead them on that same path. God is looking for all of us to be good stewards of that which He has blessed us with, so that we can in turn be a blessing to someone else.”
The cost of the program was funded by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation. “The idea to help associates who may want to understand how to better manage their finances came through our Employee Giving Stewards, ” said Dianne Auger, President & CEO of the Foundation. “We thought that this might be a way to provide associates with the type of tools they need to ensure they can manage when life throws curveballs, like extra expenses due to car issues, medical events, and the like.”
Due to the success and positive feedback from participants of the pilot program, St. Vincent’s and Pastor Turner are considering launching a full version of the Faith & Finances financial literacy course, open to all St. Vincent’s associates in the near future. Details will be shared via email, The Source and Update when they are finalized.