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Financial Education & Planning

FSW believes that families need financial skills to build assets. Our programs offer financial education services to help families achieve and sustain economic stability.

Financial Education Workshops FSW offers budget counseling and financial education workshops. Contact Samone Wright, Financial Education Specialist at (203) 368-5596 or contact online for more information or to make an appointment. For a schedule of financial workshops, call 211 or click here.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) FSW provides free tax filing assistance for low- to moderate-income ($40,000 and below) families, particularly those eligible for earned income tax credits. For more information about our VITA program, contact Takima Saunders, Outreach Specialist, at (203) 368-5524 or contact online contact online.

Homeowners Assistance Program provides a grant of up to $4,000 to Bridgeport homeowners who are at least 60 days behind in their mortgage payments and are temporarily in a demonstrable financial crisis situation. For more information contact: Elizabeth Selkis, Coordinator at (203)368-5594 or contact online. contact online.

The Bridge Fund is a financial literacy and interest-free loan program designed to help prevent homelessness. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Elizabeth Selkis, Program Coordinator at 368-5594 or contact online.

Empowering People for Success Clients referred to FSW by the Department of Social Services and the Department of Labor receive intensive, solution-focused case management and care coordination that identifies and reduces barriers to sustained employment, with the goal of self reliance and healthy independence. For more information, contact Deborah Oliver, Regional Coordinator at (203) 368-5588 or contact online. Download EPS Brochure.

There are many volunteer opportunities in Family Assets programs for teachers, tax professionals and others who want to help. Please contact Elizabeth Selkis, Coordinator at (203) 368-5522, contact online or visit our volunteer page.

We are also looking for sites where we can conduct financial workshops. If you can host a class at your location, please call Samone Wright, Education Specialist at (203)368-5596 or contact online.

These programs are supported in part by the generous funding of:

  • Bank of America
  • Citi Foundation
  • Fairfield County Community Foundation
  • People’s United Community Foundation
  • United Illuminating
  • TD Charitable Foundation