New ways to help Twin City residents gain financial success

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There’s a new way for people in McLean County to get financial coaching and enhance their job skills. Greater Peoria’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) teamed with Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) and State Farm to launch Bloomington’s first Financial Opportunity Center.

Leaders of the program say this new center aims to improve the quality of life for families in the Twin Cities.

“LISC does not look at how many people come through,” said Al Hooks Local Advisory Committee Chairman. “We look at how many people really benefit economically from the services that this Financial Opportunity Center will provide. “

The new center will help residents find high paying jobs, improve credit and build savings. In addition to employment, the MCCA is also partnering with Heartland Community College to expand educational opportunities.

MCCA Executive Director Deborah White says HCC brings the expertise in connecting employer needs with employee talent development.

“If their goal is 100 customers we want Heartland to be at least 25 of those,” said Padriac Shinville Heartland Community College Dean of Enrollment Services. “We want them to get the to their next path and their next step for success.”

The new center plans to serve 100 residents with financial coaching and employment services in its first year.

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