Britepaths pairs up families who are referred to us by social workers in the Fairfax County area with volunteers who have the time and desire to help them better manage their lives. The focus is generally aimed at managing household finances, with the mentor teaching different tips and skills. This program is also geared toward giving our clients a sense of control. With an improved grasp on their finances, our clients will feel more in charge of their lives and be more able to sustain self sufficiency.
As a prerequisite to the Financial Mentoring Program, clients must attend a Britepaths-sponsored Financial Counseling Clinic or Budget Class. Social Workers are asked to submit a referral. Our staff will track the referral. Once the client has attended a class or clinic and expressed interest in further assistance in developing budgeting skills, Britepaths will match the client with a mentor.
We ask that mentors and clients commit to meeting twice a month for a one-hour session. Ideally, the counseling will last for six months or longer. We match mentors and clients with similar work schedules and living/working locations. Mentors usually have had a reasonable success with their personal finances, a desire to teach clients new skills without being condescending, but with patience and a sense of humor. Training is provided to volunteers and on-going support is provided to both volunteers and clients who are being mentored.
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Contact: Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.273.8829 x333.