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Goodwill hosts free financial workshop series presented by MSU Extension

Goodwill Industries of West Michigan (GIWM) is partnering with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) to deliver five “Lunch and Learn” financial and homeownership workshops. Presented every third Wednesday, from June through October, the series is free and open to the public and held from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Goodwill Industries Corporate Headquarters at 271 East Apple Avenue.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with MSU Extension,” said Goodwill MoneyWorks Manager Jane Drake. “We both want to help our local residents take control of their personal financial futures.”  Goodwill MoneyWorks Financial Action Services team will be available to any attendees wanting more extensive and customized one-on-one fiancial coaching.

Presented by MSUE’s Finance and Homeownership Education (FHE) team member William V. (Bill) Hendrian, each workshop will have a different focus.

“Each of the five series will be loaded with content and action steps that the attendees will be able to put into practice, but the series as a whole is set around big life decisions,” Hendrian said.  “I believe that those looking to build a brighter future for themselves and their families would benefit by attending.” 

LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES: (click each title for more information)

JUNE 18        Homeownership: Is it Still a Dream? Should it Be?

JULY 16         How Do I Fund My Dreams?

AUG. 20         Finding, Keeping, and Protecting Your Home

SEPT. 17       Picking Up the Pieces After Financial Hardships

OCT. 15         Planning for the Road Ahead: Are My Affairs in Order?

The Lunch and Learn series is free to the public but space is limited and registration is required by calling Goodwill at (231) 722-7871. Soft drinks and water will be provided, but participants will need to bring their own lunch if desired.


MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION (MSUE)
The mission of MSUS is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. With a presence in every Michigan county, MSUE helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities, and businesses. 


ABOUT MSUE INSTRUCTOR WILLIAM HENDRIAN
MSUE FHE Educator William Hendrian’s professional career extends over 26 years. Bill has worked with business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, law enforcement, courts and the farming community as a volunteer, employee and business owner. Hendrian received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 1987 and his Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1995. As an attorney, Hendrian has handled hundreds of bankruptcy cases, conducted over 50 trials and counseled hundreds of people under the threat of foreclosure and other financial crisis. Hendrian is also a Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) certified housing counselor.


GOODWILL MONEYWORKS
MoneyWorks offers a variety of financial action services to help people build a successful future and achieve their financial goals. Services include one-on-one support and coaching for success in spending, saving, debt reduction, and more. In addition, career planning and job placement assistance and links to benefits, are also offered. Services are customizable; participants pick and choose the offerings they want.  


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Helping people prepare for, find, and keep good jobs is what Goodwill is all about.

In 2013, 7,018 people in West Michigan received employment services from Goodwill. Of these people, 1,380 people were placed into competitive employment and another 328 worked and earned a paycheck at Goodwill Industries while enrolled in a skill-building or job training program.

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