United Way: FIT Program trains at-risk adults for financial stability – News – The State Journal-Register

UCP Land of Lincoln is excited to announce a new program funded through United Way of Central Illinois called the FIT (Financial Independence through Training) Program.

The FIT Program focuses on helping at-risk adults with finding and maintaining successful employment in the community and includes a financial training component that concentrates on financial planning, money management, saving and investing and understanding credit. The program encourages people to become self-sufficient and active members of their community so they are able to become financially independent, invest back into their community and live their lives without limits.

The program serves at-risk adults living in Sangamon and Menard counties. Based on the success of UCP’s evidence-based Supported Employment Individual Placement and Support Model, the FIT Program uses a five-stage Supported Employment process to determine participants’ needs.

The five stages of the process are intake, assessment, job development, job placement and job support services. Individuals may enter and utilize different stages of the process depending on their needs

UCP is partnering with local banking institutions and financial planning businesses that will assist in providing training to participants on these topics. The financial stability training module teaches individuals how to improve their financial security and practices, learn how to reduce debt and build their assets.

Likewise, support services in the form of job coaching and case management services are provided to ensure that individuals find the right career path, make a plan to successful employment and learn how to budget and manage their money so they can become financially secure. UCP staff works with individuals to develop an Individual Service Plan that includes realistic, prioritized goals that address any barriers to employment and financial stability.

The FIT Program is located at the UCP Enterprises Center at 1411 E….

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