Stand By Me provides free financial coaches

By Lynn R. Parks

Two representatives of Stand By Me, a state financial empowerment program for individual citizens, spoke to the Seaford City Council Tuesday night. Financial coaches Beth Pritchett and Nanci Glindmyer told the council members that too few people take advantage of the services that the program provides.

This is a wonderful program, but we havent been able to reach the masses, Glindmyer said. Too many people who could benefit from our program havent even heard of it.

Stand By Me was started three years ago by Gov. Jack Markell, as a way to help Delaware citizens make better financial decisions, and in turn to ease some of the burden on state social services. Its financial coaches can help people who want to prepare for retirement, first-time homebuyers and adults who want to go back to college. They can help people prepare a budget as well as work through credit issues. There is no charge for any of the services.

People come to us for a variety of reasons, Glindmyer said.

We try to help them make better decisions to provide for a stable foundation for their finances.

All financial details that are provided to the coaches are held in confidence, she added.

We dont share information with anyone  your employer, the state or the federal government, she said.

Stand By Me has offices in all three counties. In western Sussex County, representatives are at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown and at the Goodwill Delaware store in Bridgeville. In addition, Glindmyer visits the Cancer Care Center in Seaford twice a week.

For further information, visit the website www.StandByMeDE.org. To reach the Bridgeville office, call 337-7284, ext. 154. The Del Tech office can be reached at 259-6731.

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