Three of our families recently completed Financial Peace University, a nine-week course that teaches people how to get out of debt, manage their money, spend and save wisely, and invest.
While this alone might not seem incredibly newsworthy, we are ecstatic. Why? Because there is no way we could have successfully hosted FPU without the help of some key folks in our community.
First, Financial Peace University was facilitated by Sharon, a woman who is currently pursuing home-ownership with us. This is the third time Sharon has led the course for our organization and as usual, she did a remarkable job. We feel incredibly grateful for the time, energy, and dedication Sharon puts into each class she teaches.
Second, Sharon was lucky to have an assistant help her teach Financial Peace University this time around. Ryan, an accountant, is a member of the Open Door, one of our member churches. When asked if he would help, Ryan eagerly agreed, wanting to get more involved with the work of our ministry. The expertise of both Sharon and Ryan, along with their unique experiences, made for excellent class discussions each week. Again, we feel incredibly grateful for their productive partnership.
Lastly, all nine classes were hosted in the home we most recently renovated. Our friend Quianna, our latest homeowner, graciously opened her doors to us each week and we couldn’t have envisioned a more welcoming space for our gathering. Talking about finances can be overwhelming for most people, but having a warm and comfortable space to meet made it feel much less intimidating.
While we do help families purchase quality homes in East Liberty and Garfield, our primary focus is to help deepen relationships within our community across a number of barriers. The effort of our class facilitators, hostess, staff, and family participants seemed to really demonstrate what community can look like when we work collaboratively, listen carefully, and share openly. As the African concept of Ubuntu suggests, we need one another to fully be ourselves. Our little Financial Peace Class was certainly a reminder of this.
So, Open Hand Ministries would like to send a BIG thank you to Sharon, Ryan, Quianna for coming together to make Financial Peace University a success this spring, and to all the families who participated. We couldn’t have done it without you.