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.
- September 11, 2017: 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.
- September 18, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church,(1232 East Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Free and Low Cost Family Fun: Looking for quality family recreation time on a budget? Meaningful family interaction does not have to be expensive. Jeff Putman from the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department will share some ideas for low and no cost family fun ideas in our community.
- October 2, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Woodland Heights Presbyterian Church,(722 West Atlantic Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Organizing Your Home: Keri Duke with DeClutter Help Now, will provide tips and tricks on how to get your home organized, inside and out.
- October 16, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Fire Safety: When was the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke de-tectors? Or for that matter, changed your smoke detectors themselves? With the increase over the past several years in house fires in the Springfield area, it is more important than ever to come and learn about fire safety, from our own Springfield Fire Department.
- October 23, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Pathways United Methodist Church,(1232 East Dale Street, Springfield, MO 65803).
- Investing for the Future: Come learn why it is important to invest for the future and how to get started from Dan Malachowski, owner of Baron Financial Group, LLC.
- October 26, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Habitat ReStore (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Re-purposing with the ReStore: Come watch Missouri State University’s Housing and Interior Design students present an item that they chose from the Restore and repurposed. Hopefully these projects will spark your creativity to save money and recycle by repurposing your own item from the ReStore!
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.