FLINT, Michigan — The Community Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports (CASES) program is a hidden gem for many in the city of Flint. Located inside the Michigan Works building, the program was founded by the Greater Flint Health Coalition and offers valuable information on finances, taxes, and more.
Robert Reid, CASES Site Director and Greater Flint Health Coalition Project Leader, collaborates with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and hosts annual virtual workshops to educate residents on financial literacy, earned income tax credit (EITC), offers free tax preparation through United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), and has held over twenty workshops to date.
The program takes a step forward by providing additional incentives for those who choose to participate and register for the virtual workshops by offering rewards such as free $25 gift cards.
After attending two of the virtual workshops held during the second week of March, I came away with a better understanding of my own personal financial goals. On March 9, the first virtual workshop I attended was held in conjunction with the John L. Financial Group with guest speakers AC Brown and Luther Brown of the John L. Financial Group.
During the hour-long workshop, many topics ranging from tax preparation to sound financial planning to wealth building were all covered. Another workshop was held the following day, with a focus on the theme of financial empowerment. During the workshop, speaker Dwayne Clemons from Total Life Prosperity gave insights on budgeting, debt, money management, the importance of investing and understanding where you might need to improve. your own financial habits.
Q&As were conducted after each workshop, encouraging residents to take advantage of the information each key guest had to offer.
While partnering with several local organizations such as United Way of Genesee County, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Genesee Health Plan, Flint Registry, US Department of Health and Human Services Minority Health, and Michigan United, CASES aims to continue promote financial literacy. to the community while providing educational resources to families seeking to cultivate a safe environment for their children. One of the ways CASES does this is by raising awareness through another of its programs in which educating participants about the harmful effects of ACES (negative childhood experiences) is a focal point. important.
CASES described the goals of its project as follows: “#1: raise awareness and educate individuals about the Earned Income Tax Credit, #2: work to reduce financial stress for individuals and families in the Flint areas and Genesee County, and #3: Aim to Reduce Risk Factors for Adverse Childhood Experiences.
As this year’s tax filing deadline is April 18th, CASES strongly encourages those who may need their services and assistance with their tax preparation to take advantage of Voluntary Tax Assistance. on Income (VITA) from United Way.
To learn more about the CASES program, visit: eitc4genesee.org
And to access any of the resources offered by CASES, contact 810-232-2228 or email: [email protected].