Faces of Success: Marilyn Givens
Marilyn Givens was born in 1942. She grew up in a time where people didn’t discuss budgets very often. These days, Givens can’t stress the importance of budgeting enough. This practice has led to a remarkable transformation in her own personal finances over the past few months.
“I saw an advertisement for the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center on television one day,” said Givens. “I admitted to myself that I needed financial help; I called and made an appointment.”
The Nashville Financial Empowerment Center provides free 1-on-1 financial counseling to help Davidson County residents reduce debt and increase savings. It's operated by United Way in partnership with the Office of Mayor Megan Barry.
“When I arrived for my first session and met my counselor, I had a good feeling about the program. My counselor was very knowledgeable about financial matters and wanted to get started on a plan right away.”
A professional financial counselor worked with Givens to develop a budget plan that also helped her build a savings account.
“My overall goal was to live within my income and eliminate my debt. Another goal of mine was to build a savings account. I am now contributing $100 every month to my savings account.”
Since opening in 2013, the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center has helped 5,000 clients like Givens reduce their debt by $5 million and increase savings by $700,000. Givens says her entire financial outlook has changed since she began attending the free counseling sessions at the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center.
“Before the program, I didn’t know how I was going to improve my financial situation. Now, I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders; I also feel a great sense of relief.”
Givens is continuing to work toward her overall goal of eliminating all of her debt. If she continues to follow her plan, she will achieve her desired results. She also has some advice for others.
“When people realize they need help sorting through their finances, they should contact the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center. The program is working very well for me, and I believe it can help others.”
If you or someone you know wants to improve their financial outlook in 2017 and need help creating a budget, reducing debt, increasing savings or boosting your credit score, consider utilizing the free professional counseling services provided by the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center.
To learn more about the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center, please click here.