October is Credit Awareness Month!

    During the month of October the St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition partners provide FREE classes and events to help you with your credit. Topics include credit building, credit repair, how credit impacts your finances, and MORE!

    Credit Awareness Month
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    Success for Money Smart Month 2024!

    2024's Money Smart Month campaign is over after another successful year! Coalition partners collaborated to host 30 classes and events. This year's marquee events: Faith-Based Leader's Breakfast, Kid's Zoo Safari, & Kid's Essay Contest brought great awareness to the mission of the coalition! We look forward to Money Smart Month 2025!

    Money Smart Month

    Promoting opportunities for

    Building Wealth & Economic Prosperity

    We work to advance financial health and wellness throughout the St. Louis Region by organizing finance education campaigns, promoting free classes, and providing information and access trusted resources.

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Financial education + Financial access =

Financial Empowerment

Working to help families in the region have healthy financial behaviors and 
build assets for a stable future.

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Opening a Bank Account

Whether you want to start the process online or in person, chances are, with a dozen different Bank On products offered in and around the bi-state St. Louis and Illinois area, chances are there is a Bank On option in or near your neighborhood.

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Building my Credit

Find resources for FREE credit scores and credit reports. Learn how to tell a credit repair scam from a reputable credit counselor.

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Getting out of Debt

Find resources to learn more about credit cards, mortgages, and other loans. Learn the basics of dealing with debt and debt collection.

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Buying a Home

Find the best resources for first time home buyer. Learn about mortgage basics, avoiding foreclosure and buying HUD certified homes.

    Put Yourself First

    Return to Banking Class Leads to Financial Stability

    “The class helped me out by knowing how to put myself first and making my money stretch further. Right now I pay my rent and my phone bill first, then I spend what I want and save the rest.”
    -Tenisha W.
    * Stock photo used upon request of interviewee

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    Loan officer helps first time homebuyer

    Homeownership adds stability to life

    “Buying my first home before having graduated college has not only propelled me to be well on my way to having an investment property, but it has added an invaluable level of stability to my life.”
    – Ms. Drew

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Our Community of Partners

The Coalition works collaboratively with a host of partners from the nonprofit, banking, regulatory, private and academic sectors who give generously of their time and money to support this work mission.