Financially Healthy in 2018 - Fox News 29 San Antonio

Spring Cleaning Your Finances

Featuring Gladys Coward, Financial Wellness Expert
2 March 2018

With tax season in the rear view mirror and warmer temperatures on the horizon, family leisure expenses, such as vacations and recreational activites, are going to start popping up in your monthly expenses. Spring Break, graduations, and summer vacations are not that far away.

Gladys Coward, financial wellness expert with GreenPath Financial Wellness, shows how to make sure you're using your money as effectively as possible to prepare for those fun expenses.

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Six Strategies for Protecting the Credit of People with Disabilities - National Disability Institute Blog

Six Strategies for Protecting the Credit of People with Disabilities

by David Berenbaum, CEO, Home Preservation Foundation (a strategic affiliation of GreenPath Financial Wellness
4 January 2018

Recent credit bureau breaches and cyber hacks have raised awareness of information security and the vulnerability of our personal financial data. Major incidents like the Equifax data breach have shown us just how important it is to continually monitor our credit reports and be alert to potential identity theft.

It’s easy to find helpful tips and information for protecting your identity. A simple online search will yield hundreds of articles and websites. But people with disabilities may have some additional risks when it comes to securing their personal information.

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Awash In Debt: Many people struggle with debt during the holiday shopping season

When adding to your Christmas list, a local expert says consumers need to exercise the same sort of practice that Kris Kringle employs.

Santa Claus makes a list and checks it twice, and so should consumers, said Katherine Jamieson, educator at the Macomb County office of the Michigan State University Extension Service in Clinton Township.

Her advice is just one word of caution for buyers who are ready to burn through cash and credit limits at stores and online.

Katie Bossler is expecting calls in January from people looking to manage the debt they’ve accumulated, either for holiday spending or from medical bills.

“Starting in January, it’s not uncommon to have in influx of calls from people facing credit card debt and figuring to pay it off that may have occurred during the holidays,” said Bossler, a financial wellness expert for GreenPath Financial Wellness in Farmington Hills, and a certified credit counselor.

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GreenPath Helps More Than 200,000 Americans Get Out Of Debt and Achieve Financial Wellness Each Year

GreenPath Helps More Than 200,000 Americans Get Out Of Debt and Achieve Financial Wellness Each Year 

Kristine Crane/

Michigan-based teachers Dawn and David Van Dyke were in a vicious cycle with credit cards. Their spending habits spiraled out of control to the point where they relied exclusively on credit cards for purchases, and when they maxed out one card, they would use another one — or even open a new line of credit — to pay it off

Read more about the Van Dyke's financial journey, the role GreenPath played, and how GreenPath can work with people, like the Van Dykes, to acheive their financial dreams.

CEO plans seismic change for financial counseling firm

CEO plans seismic change for financial counseling firm

FierceCEO - November 2, 2017

Kristen Holt got her first fiscal life lesson from her parents.

When she was 10 years old, they allowed her to start her first job - walking dogs.  But the condition was she save half of the money she earned.

"That really stayed with me," said Holt.  And it shows.  She is now CEO of a nonprofit financial counseling company.

GreenPath Financial Wellness counsels and offers programs for people to pay down debt.  In the position for just 18 months, Holt says it suits her to a tee given her skills as a Certified Public Accountant and her penchant for personal finance.

To learn more about Kristen Holt's plans for plans for change at GreenPath, click here.

Q&A: Brad O'Brien, of GreenPath Financial Wellness, wants to destigmatize debt

Q&A: Brad O'Brien, of GreenPath Financial Wellness, wants to destigmatize debt

Katelyn Ferral/The Cap Times
22 October 2017

Brad O’Brien is working to change conversations around personal finance and debt. As the manager of financial education at GreenPath Financial Wellness, he develops and leads initiatives to help people get out of debt.

GreenPath is a nonprofit group that was founded in Detroit in 1961 aimed at helping people manage and get out of credit card debt. The group is still based in Detroit, but now has offices in 18 states and offers free, in-person and over-the-phone counseling services to anyone nationwide. It served about 200,000 people nationwide and 6,000 people in Wisconsin last year, O’Brien said.

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Norman Rockwell, a Detroit Artist and an Inskter Mural - Deadline Detroit

Norman Rockwell, a Detroit Artist and an Inkster Mural

Alan Stamm/Deadline Detroit
8 October 2017


We tripped down a rewarding rabbit hole while clicking through background on Detroit painter Sydney G. James.

The 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship winner ($25,000) and College of Creative Studies alumna (2001) is among 54 muralists who brightened the city two weeks ago with street art for the Murals in the Market project. James earlier was a resident artist at the Red Bull House of Art and last spring was one of six African-Americans from Detroit featured at a gallery in Lower Manhattan's Chelsea district.

To check out the full story on "No Census Taken" commissioned by GreenPath, click here.

Don’t Load Up on Debt to Build Credit - NerdWallet

Don't Load Up on Debt to Build Credit

Building your credit can unlock possibilities and save you money. It’ll help you qualify for loans and credit cards at lower interest rates, and you might get a break on your car insurance rate or avoid deposits on utilities.

But be strategic about the approach you pick. Taking on high-cost debt to improve your credit can leave you in a worse place than where you started.