ResourceAbility

A social learning environment to strengthen foundations of financial health and advance quality of life in the Denver I/DD community.

Most people in America lack access to financial health awareness, education, and innovation. This contributes to a culture where increasing debt and financial insecurity lead to higher levels of stress. Stress, debt and financial insecurity take their tolls on people, not only in healthcare costs, but also in lost productivity, turnover in the workplace, inability to learn or stay focused, and in some cases, even trauma and vicarious trauma. This difficult situation appears to be especially common in the I/DD services community.  Therefor we are beginning to systemically explore methods to help this population and the people/organizations who support them to develop their financial health skills. This approach seems not only reasonable and prudent, but years overdue.

FHI will target services for customers and family residing in the City and County of Denver and the organizations that serve Denver residents, including case managers, host home providers, and advocacy groups.

FHI currently has a broad scope of program curricula and methods that will be refined through collaboration with Rocky Mountain Human Services participants and other stakeholders to close the gaps of financial health understanding, increase the effectiveness of I/DD service providers, and improve the wellbeing of customers.

Customers: FHI will research, develop and offer a broad array of educational opportunities in an effort to strengthen foundations & concepts of financial health as well as provide a social learning environment, and thus advance the customers’ quality of life in the areas of financial health.

Customers will gain:

  • increased participation in their financial health choices
  • resulting in greater self-confidence and life skills.
  • The financial health curriculum and facilitated classes will foster awareness of financial health options
  • and the possibilities of change will bring lasting benefits intellectually, physically, socially and economically.

Agencies, Case Managers, Host Home Providers and Advocacy Groups:  In a decade of experience FHI has noted that most providers have very little training or education in personal finances or economics. In many cases, the people who are helping the customer are also struggling financially and economically, and therefore feel inadequate when attempting to assist others in these domains.

By providing training opportunities to all of the people who support the customers, we can create a common language around this issue and increase the financial health of the entire I/DD community. FHI will research, develop and offer trainings, curricula and applicable tools for agencies, case managers, host home providers, and advocacy groups that will benefit them both personally and professionally.

As a result of these efforts, and by consistently collecting and analyzing data and modifying/improving the offerings, FHI, over 3.5 years, will deliver an Evidence-Based Practice that improves the financial health of the I/DD community/system throughout the Denver Metro Region.

For more information, contact Michael Kilgore at 303-204-3144 or mkilgore@fhinst.com.