Tools for Life – becoming a homeowner is a large endeavor for everyone involved. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, but we continually meet people like you who are up for the challenge. Our Tools for Life homeowner education classes will set you up for success.
Tools for Life: Homeowner Education
As a part of Habitat for Humanity’s sweat equity component, each partner family completes several required homeowner education classes in our Tools for Life program. These classes are designed to prepare families for financial responsibilities of becoming homeowners, how to best maintain their homes and acclimate into their new neighborhoods. Habitat’s overall goal is to empower families to become knowledgeable and successful homeowners.
Tools for Life: Class Topics
During these financial education classes, we’ll cover topics such as budgeting, credit cards and credit reports, debt and loans, saving, investing and planning for the future, emergency situations, as well as Habitat homeowner mortgages. Gaining a more in-depth understanding of these important concepts will become part of a tool belt you can use to build a better future.
- March 12, 2018: 6:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Ten Ways to Simplify Your Life Using Banking Technology: Want to learn how to better manage your finances online? Liz Trader with Regions Bank will talk about how to bank without the hassle of visiting a branch and how to conveniently take care of your banking needs using your smart phone.
- March 19,2018: 6:00 p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church (1232 E. Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Homeowners Insurance: Do you have trouble making sense of insurance jargon? When does my deductible come into play? What’s the difference between replacement cost and cash value? Come find the answers with Jennifer Posey and Kristy Green from Allstate.
- March 26, 2018: at 6:00 p.m. at Environmental Resource Center, (290 E. Central St. Springfield, MO 65802)
- Environmental Resources: Learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle from home in order to decrease unnecessary waste. Laurie Duncan from The City of Spring-field’s Department of Environmental Services will be with us covering the multiple recycling programs in Springfield, including what is recyclable and what is not. Interested to know what your recyclables are converted in to? Want to know how mulching can benefit your yard and gar-den? Join us to find out!
- April 9,2018: 6:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- First Time Homebuying: What do you need to know about buying and owning a house before the big purchase? Come and learn in a friendly environment with Felicia Morgan from Arvest Bank.
- April 23,2018: at 6:00 p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church (1232 E. Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Saving: Do you have a financial goal that you are trying to reach? Do you need an emergency fund and a strategy to get there? Come learn savings tips and tricks from Missey Hayward from BancorpSouth.
Tools for Life classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend. Adults only please, no childcare will be provided. To register for a Tools for Life class, please contact Morgan Ash, partner services associate, at 417-829-4001 x 114.
Teach a Tools for Life Class:
All parts of Tools for Life depend on the generosity of volunteers and partnerships with other organizations dedicated to our community. If you’re interested in volunteering as a teacher, please contact Morgan Ash, partner services associate, at 417-829-4001 x 114.