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.
- January 22, 2018: 6:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Responsible Pet Ownership: Stacy Williams from Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation and Jim Dorris from K-9 Concepts of SWMO, will provide a presentation on how to keep your pet and your community happy.
- January 29, 2018: at Pathways United Methodist Church (1232 E. Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Budgeting: Completing a realistic budget is the first step to achieving any financial goal, but finding the time and motivation to create and follow one can be tough. Join Habitat for a FREE hands-on class to get you started! Dan Malachowski, owner of Baron Financial Group, LLC, will be available to help you categorize your expenses to meet your priorities and to help you form a workable plan.
- February 5, 2018: at 6:00 p.m. at Midtown Carnegie Library, Community Room (Lower Level), (397 E. Central St. Springfield, MO 65802)
- Library Resources: Did you know that you can find Tai Chi classes, entrepreneurial resources, art displays and free meeting spaces at our local libraries? Come hear about the plethora of resources offered by our valued library system. It’s not just about the books!
- February 12, 2018: 6:30 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- “Briars in the Cottonpatch”: Think Jimmy Carter started Habitat for Humanity? The true inspirational beginnings and diverse history of Habitat for Humanity will be explored with a showing of the video, “Briars In The Cottonpatch.” As a precaution, please note that some footage from the civil rights movement, included in this documentary, may be disturbing.
- February 19, 2018: at 6:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Small Business Start Up Resources: Are you interested in starting your own business? Come learn about some exciting small business funding resources from Missey Hayward from Ban-corpSouth.
- February 26, 2018: at 6:00 p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church (1232 E. Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Reading Your Credit Report: How can you maintain or improve your credit score? How does your credit report affect your finances? Come and find out with Liz Trader from Regions Bank.
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.