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Celebrating Fathers

“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
-Johann Friedrich von Schiller

Tavis dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher and making a positive impact on generations of students. Every day, he’s working hard to accomplish that goal while serving as a strong, steady role model for his two young children.

However, life hasn’t always been easy for this 26-year-old father. Even though Tavis worked two jobs while attending Georgia State University, it wasn’t enough to cover his family’s financial needs. When he and his wife, Shamica, had trouble paying their rent and making ends meet, Tavis turned to Buckhead Christian Ministry.

“My credit was so bad,” he recalls. “I needed help.”

Fortunately, BCM provided emergency assistance, housing support and financial counseling to help this hard-working father and his family during a time of financial crisis. Best of all, BCM empowered Tavis with the tools to achieve long-term financial stability and helped him get on a solid career path.

“BCM is an excellent resource for people who need to start over,” he raves. “It’s a great program to help you get on the right track.”

Fortunately, like so many BCM clients, Tavis’s story has a happy ending. This Atlanta native recently completed his degree in Health and Physical Education at Georgia State University and is currently working as a paraprofessional in DeKalb County while he completes his teaching certification requirements. He’s well on his way to achieving his dream of being a teacher.

“I’m working toward my goals and providing for my family,” he explains. “I want to make sure they have a bright future. To me, being a great father means putting my kids first, doing what’s right and being there for them every day.”

Tavis is one of many devoted fathers we help throughout the year. On Sunday, June 15, we hope you’ll take a moment to thank all the dads who go “above and beyond” to support their loved ones and who serve as important role models in their children’s lives.

How can you help fathers like Tavis? Please make a donation to support our ongoing initiatives to assist Atlanta families. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and truly has the power to change lives.

Another way to make a positive impact right here in our community is become a BCM volunteer. Please click HERE to learn more. As always, we are deeply grateful for your support.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!

Boost Your Financial Literacy IQ

April is National Financial Literacy Month, making this an ideal time to become more educated about your personal finances and to develop a strategy to improve your overall financial health.

Today, many Americans are experiencing financial challenges that impact their daily lives. In fact, 30 percent of consumers report having no extra cash, making it impossible to escape the reality of living paycheck-to-paycheck.

Understanding money matters — like creating and managing a budget, paying down debt while saving for emergencies, and creating achievable financial goals — is an important step for Buckhead Christian Ministry clients. We encourage parents to set good examples for their children and to begin teaching their sons and daughters smart money habits early in life.

According to survey results from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, nearly four in five adults agree that they would benefit from advice and answers to everyday financial questions from a professional. Fortunately, Buckhead Christian Ministry’s Money Management Program offers assistance to individuals who need help boosting their financial literacy.

In a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, reporter Devika Rao spotlighted BCM’s Money Management Program, focusing upon the mentor-mentee relationship between Jennifer Ignacio and volunteer coach Robin Ryder. With help from Robin, Jennifer saved money and paid down $3,000 in debt.

“When I heard about the program, my financial situation was very difficult and I wanted to learn how to manage my money and save more money,” Jennifer said. “I had never learned how to manage my money from anyone or any place, so this was a new opportunity for me.”

As Atlanta’s economy continues to recover from a lengthy recession, it’s more important than ever to develop smart money management skills. If you’d like to learn more about BCM’s Money Management Program, please click HERE or call our main office at 404-239-0058.