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.
- 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.
- November 6, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Woodland Heights Presbyterian Church, (722 West Atlantic St. Springfield, MO 65803).
- Paying for Higher Education: Join Habitat for Humanity for an evening with Vicki MacDonald from Ozarks Technical Community College, for a presentation on ways to pay for higher education expenses. Learn about current financing options and ways to fulfill your educational goals.
- November 14, 2017: 5:15 p.m. at Westside Clinic, (660 South Scenic Ave. Springfield, MO 65802).
- Healthy Homes: Join The Nest Partnership for a presentation with Heather Parker from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, to learn about household dangers and what you can do to prevent them.
- November 21, 2017: 5:15 p.m. at Westside Clinic, (660 South Scenic Ave. Springfield, MO 65802).
- Emergency Preparedness: Are you prepared to face a natural disaster in the Ozarks? Join The Nest Partnership for a presentation on how to make sure you and your family are prepared for the worst.
- November 27, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft: See what lengths you should be taking to protect your money and your identity in today’s fast paced world of technology. Learn about modern banking products designed to increase your security with Cari Oughton from Bancorp South.
- December 4, 2017: 6:00 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity Offices (2410 S. Scenic, Springfield, MO 65807).
- Empower Yourself Financially: Come and learn why you need to be confident about your finances and how to set short, medium and long-term goals with Liz Trader from Regions Bank. Building an effective investment portfolio to be able to provide for your loved ones will also be discussed as potential goals.
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.