CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2015 - Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania recently opened the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) at their Northside Common Ministries facility. Located at 1601 Brighton Road, the FOC is a resource to families in need of employment services and financial coaching. 

The FOC aims to help local families achieve financial stability through several free services:

  • Employment Services: Employment specialists work with individuals on job searches.
  • Access to Income Supports: Income support specialists work with individuals to access food stamps, CHIP, Social Security Disability, Utility Assistance, free tax preparation services.
  • Financial Education and Coaching: Financial counselors work with individuals on budgeting and improving credit.

The FOC model focuses on improving the financial bottom line for low to moderate income families and helping change financial behavior in a way that encourages a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses, building credit, and acquiring assets. The ultimate goal is to provide the tools to help families save and invest in their future.

Goodwill’s FOC was one of three local centers initiated by Neighborhood Allies, which serves as the funding and technical assistance provider for the FOC. Neighborhood Allies  also brings training in best practices, guidance in the launch process, access to local and national funding relationships, promotions and communications, and shared data management software to track outcomes. Funding for the first year of the FOC was received from the Hillman Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

The Financial Opportunity Center is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information on the Financial Opportunity Center, visit www.goodwillswpa.org/foc, or contact Karen Wagner, at 412-323-1163 or karen.wagner@ncmin.org.

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.

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