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Center for Financial Stability

Community Financial Service Programs in Waukesha

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La Casa offers a variety of workforce development and financial services programs through our Center for Financial Stability that provides comprehensive employment training, financial and asset-building services to low-income individuals who are unemployed or underemployed and are seeking economic self-sufficiency. This program model integrates a variety of services all at one convenient location and leverages case managers and program coordinators working collaboratively to assist clients in overcoming multiple barriers to self-sufficiency. Relationships with clients are often long-term – helping them move from poverty/low income to financial stability to flourishing financially and personally.

For general information please call our main office (262) 832-1570

Financial Stability Initiative
The Financial Stability Initiative is a collaborative of for profit and nonprofit organizations, led by La Casa, with the goal of assisting families in attaining financial stability and building wealth. The Initiative provides financial literacy and entrepreneurship education and one-on-one employment and financial counseling to eligible individuals and families at no cost. Initiative Coaches work with clients to identify barriers to financial stability, determine specific goals and resources needed to move toward financial freedom, and then establish and implement an action plan to attain their goals. The Financial Stability Initiative provides financial literacy education on topics such as avoiding “risky” financial behaviors and predatory financial services, credit repair, budgeting and money management, funding a safety net, and asset building (encompassing insurance, home buying, short- and long-term investing, pensions, and estate planning).
Thank you to the United Way in Waukesha County for your generous support. See the impact of this program in this short video about Jose.
Contact Gina Sanchez Juarez at (262) 832-1504 or gsanchez@lacasadeesperanza.org

Employment Services
Employment Services & Career Counseling Through its Employer Connect Program, La Casa provides a full range of employment services and connects well-qualified individuals to local employers. To improve client employability and promotability, employment services offered include skills assessment, career counseling and occupational training; assistance in enrollment in English as a Second Language courses, GED/ABE courses, associate degree programs and/or technical diplomas or certificates; financial aid enrollment assistance and scholarship search; resume preparation, interviewing skills development, and career planning. Employer Connect works to cultivate long-term relationships with employers by assisting them in recruiting, screening, and post-hire skills training.

Contact Vanessa Arenas at (262) 832-1571 or varenas@lacasadeesperanza.org for more information.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA program provides free federal and state income tax return preparation and filing for low- to moderate-income families and individuals. Special emphasis is placed on identifying families who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit and helping them take advantage of the credit, which often results in $1,000 or more in refunds. La Casa’s VITA program also provides bi-lingual, culturally competent tax services for the Hispanic/Latino community. In 2011, La Casa’s VITA program generated over $3 million dollars in refunds for clients. These refunds were reinvested in the local economy. The VITA program is made possible through the support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service.

In accordance with federal law and Internal Revenue Service policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Operations Director – Civil Rights Division, Internal Revenue Service – Room 2413, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20224 or e-mail them at edi.civil.rights.division@irs.gov.

Did you know that volunteering can help your financial stability?

Gabriella Allen is La Casa de Esperanza’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site Coordinator.  She oversees all the program functions that provide free tax preparation services to Waukesha County and the Metro-Milwaukee area.

Gabriella also writes a monthly blog for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County on topics that relate to our personal finances. Check out her post recent blog post where she talks about some of the lesser-known benefits of volunteering!  Click here: https://www.unitedwaygmwc.org/Speak-United-Blog/Volunteering-Good-For-You-And-Your-Wallet

Contact (262) 832-1534 for more information or to discuss volunteer opportunities.

pdf Volunteers for VITA needed right away in order to provide these valuable services to our community.

  VITA Administrative Job Description

VITA Tax Preparer Job Description

VITA Intake Screener Job Description

 VITA Appointment Scheduler Job Description

 Interested in donating to the VITA Program? Click here to see the program’s “wish list”