Easter Seals’ clients, volunteer and staff alike are people who embody the “can do” attitude of not just survival but the ability to thrive while facing the challenges of our lives with disabilities and abilities. One particularly complex test relates to the financial needs and desires of families when at least one member has special needs. The additional financial cost can vary from average $ 108 to $8742 per year, according to one public health study. We all know that “cost” is not only defined as dollars and cents, but in time and energy to care for all the members of a household. This is where THRIVE Connection can help. It is the financial education and coaching program piece of the Housing Initiative here at Easter Seals and an initiative lead by United Way Greater Houston and many other amazing local npo’s as a collaborative partnership.
The THRIVE Connection has financial coaches on hand to help individuals and families look that their financial history and help them plan and reach their goals. As each family is different so are their goals. The coaches assist with creating household budget to create savings plans for emergencies or school tuition for family members, improving credit scores with debt reduction plans and financial preparation for first-time home ownership. Clients can receive individual financial coaching or attend small group sessions of Housing Orientation Seminar and Credit Boot Camp. When a client is financially ready to purchase their home, the HUD-approved Home Buyer Education class is available. THRIVE connection at Easter Seals is part of the larger THRIVE collaborative through the United Way Greater Houston network of agencies with programs that assist and support families in reaching their future goals. The various programs are available around Houston. The Easter Seals Greater Houston Housing Orientation Seminars take place at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center. ESHG Credit Boot Camps and Home Buyer Education classes are held at our agency offices in Bellaire and The Woodlands. Individual financial coaching appointments occur at the main office in Bellaire. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 713-838-9050.