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Summit Financial Wellness brings a wealth of free financial advice

BENTON HARBOUR, Mich. (WNDU) – A new nonprofit is opening its doors in Benton Harbor and taking a different approach to revitalizing its community.

Summit Financial Wellness invests in people who live in Berrien County by providing free financial wellness advice and support.

While some financial experts might tell you never to give something away for free, the women behind Summit say you can’t put a price tag on generational change.

It’s what they say their organization can create by guiding residents toward financial independence while breaking down some of the obstacles in the way.

Stephanie Robinson is one of the coaches who will personally teach those who come to Summit Financial Wellness everything from budgeting basics to credit repair to what it takes to become a homeowner.

She not only teaches people how to improve their finances, but also how to improve their homes.

“I will coach in a way that they can give back to the community. Thus, information and learning do not stop with them. They can interact with other members of the community,” said Financial Wellness Coach Stephanie Robinson.

Robinson says Summit aims to help low-to-moderate income residents feel more comfortable putting their money to work.

“We need our customers to change their mentality towards money. Many of them are afraid of finance and afraid of banking. So if we can create that financial mindset, that’s the basis for them to start having a better view of finances,” she said.

Ultimately, Summit wants residents to achieve their dreams. Guiding them to financial independence is one of the steps on this journey.

Their approach is one that has worked with other like-minded organizations that have come to the open day.

“Do you want to send a child to college? Want to buy a bigger house? Do you want to invest? Do you understand what investment is? What is your why? You have to start there, and then you have to get them to understand what investing is,” said Daryl Hill, CEO of First DMH Investment Group LLC.

Invite residents to discover how that spare change in your pocket can turn into the change you want to see in the world.

Below is a list of their upcoming events, including their highly anticipated “Show Me The Money” day:

APRIL 21 & May 12, 2022

Basic Credit Part 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Summit Office, 175 W. Main St. Benton Harbor, MI 49022

APRIL 28 & May 19, 202

Credit Strategies Part 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Summit Office, 175 W. Main St. Benton Harbor, MI 49022

May 5, 2022

Budget, 6:30 p.m.

Summit Office – 175 W. Main St., Benton Harbor, MI

MAY 14, 2022

FLOWER TIME PARADE, 11:00 a.m.

Summit Office, 175 W. Main St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022

UNITY DAY

Blueroof Church 3084 Niles Rd, St. Joseph, MI 49085

MAY 21, 2022

SHOW ME MONEY DAY

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Michigan Works-499 W. Main St. Port of Benton, MI 49022

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