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‘Get Financially Fit’ at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Wells Fargo

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The “Get Financially Fit” seminar moves to the most famous church in Atlanta – Ebenezer Baptist Church – on Saturday, April 6. Topics will include home buying, as the market heats up and millions of dollars are available to help buy in Atlanta. Experts will lead a deep dive into credit scores and student loans and provide an overview of retirement planning.

To underscore the importance of attending, the first 30 adults who register and complete the course for the first time will receive a $25 gift certificate. Breakfast and lunch will also be served and child care will be provided.

The event is free and comes at the beginning of national Financial Literacy Month. The church is located at 407 Auburn Avenue. The session will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

Registration is strongly encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. Register at www.concernedblackclergy.org or by telephoning 404-755-4900.

“We’re thrilled to have Ebenezer host this life-improving event,” said Concerned Black Clergy president Rev. Frank Brown. “These workshops, in partnership with Wells Fargo, have already helped hundreds of people get pointed in the right financial direction. We can’t wait to help more.”

Attendees will be able to select three of six topics. Beside student loans, other sessions will cover:

  • Credit scores and credit reports and how to make them better.
  • Student loans and financing higher education.
  • The basics of home buying as the housing market turns up.
  • How to prevent foreclosures.
  • Getting ready for retirement.
  • The basics of banking and budgeting and how to prevent identity theft.

“We’re hoping for a great turnout for this important session at our church,” said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer. “The timing couldn’t be better.”

This is the sixth workshop of its kind in churches across Atlanta. In addition to homeownership and financial professionals from Wells Fargo, a counselor from CredAbility, the Atlanta-based non-profit credit counseling agency, will lead the session on credit.

Wells Fargo representatives will also be prepared to discuss the NeighborhoodLIFT program, through which those with annual incomes of up to 120 percent of the area median can receive up to $15,000 for a down payment on a house in the city of Atlanta. For a family of four, the income limit is $80,000. The program is an $8 million initiative by Wells Fargo and millions of dollars of assistance is still available.

Overwhelmingly, participants attending previous seminars indicated that they would recommend the event to a friend.

“Our partnership with the Concerned Black Clergy has now helped more than 500 people,” said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta region president for Wells Fargo. “We are so glad to see another session get more folks on the road to financial success.”