NEFE Builds New Workshop Based on Habitat for Humanity Collaboration

When Habitat for Humanity volunteers pick up hammers to help build a home, they know that they are supporting Habitat’s worldwide mission to provide every man, woman, and child with a decent, safe, and affordable place to live. Most certainly, they intend for the house they are building to be a permanent home for the assigned family.

NEFE has worked with Habitat for Humanity for 15 years to provide these families with financial education tools and resources, which are embedded in Habitat’s required homeowner education classes.

As part of this collaboration, NEFE recently released the Habitat Homeowner’s Workshop (also called the First-Time Homebuyer’s Workshop), available at www.FinancialWorkshopKits.org to help ensure that needy families lucky enough to get a home are able to keep it.

“Families prepared for the financial aspects of homeownership are more likely to be in their homes permanently,” says NEFE’s senior director of strategic programs and alliances, Brent Neiser, CFP®.

“NEFE always has focused on personal finance fundamentals,” Neiser adds. “Our workshops focus on the basic skills involved in spending, saving, and managing debt in the context of homeownership because these are the cornerstones of financial capability.”

Carol Gregory is an organizational development consultant for Habitat for Humanity who specializes in neighborhood revitalization. She promotes NEFE’s tools and workshops to Habitat affiliates nationwide. She says that these resources fulfill an important part of Habitat’s mission.

“The most impactful learning is usually around tracking expenses and recognizing where money is being spent every month,” Gregory says. “It’s a real eye-opener for many Habitat homeowners.”

Neiser, who has worked with Habitat since the beginning of the collaboration, says that NEFE values this relationship because housing is so important.

“Homeownership is a strategy to build wealth and increase one’s financial assets, but it is much more than that,” Neiser says. “Studies have shown that homeownership is better for children and it decreases the school dropout rate.”

Through education resources and tools, NEFE hopes to continue to support new homeowners as they strive to achieve their goals—financial and otherwise.

“Many Habitat owners are single parents,” Neiser says. “For them, a house is simply a dream come true.”

Want to lead homeownership classes in your community?

Visit www.FinancialWorkshopKits.org to:

  • Download the Habitat Homeowner’s Workshop by selecting Workshops, Low Income, and then Habitat for Humanity.
  • Download additional workshops on how to avoid foreclosure and understanding risk and property protection.
  • Access the Recipes for Financial Fitness by selecting Workshops, Low Income, Habitat for Humanity, then Resources.

Access free tools and resources at www.SmartAboutMoney.org:

About Habitat for Humanity
Founded as a grassroots nonprofit in rural Southwest Georgia, Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired more than 750,000 houses to date. It is the tenth largest homebuilder and the largest private homebuilder in the U.S., with operations in all 50 states and 70 other countries. For more information, visit www.Habitat.org.

Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    [email protected]

  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    [email protected]

Contacts

  • Paul Golden

    Media Relations Director

    Direct: 303-224-3514
    Cell: 303-918-3620
    [email protected]

  • Patricia (Pat) Seaman

    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

    Direct: 303-224-3538
    [email protected]