Smart Investments

You find yourself unemployed with little or no notice.Smart Investment Logo

Your partner abruptly leaves the relationship.

Your only transportation has stopped working and needs major repairs…

 You suddenly face a costly, major medical issue…

For suburban women who experiences such a life-changing event, the financial impact can be immense.  Any such incident can set off a cascade of additional hardships as financial resources stretch to the breaking point.  What began as a single incident can quickly blossom into a full-fledged family crisis, leading to bankruptcy, eviction, even homelessness.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Now, women in Pittsburgh have somewhere to turn if disaster strikes.  With funding from the United for Women campaign of the United Way of Allegheny County, South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM), North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO), and NeighborWorks of Western PA (NWWPA) are offering a new program – Smart Investments – that is designed to prevent sudden financial hardship from spiraling out of control.

Smart Investments turns moments of crisis into windows of opportunity by pairing immediate assistance – in the form of targeted financial grants – with long-term financial skill-building.

Small financial grants of up to $500 are used to help ease a specific crisis, such as an inoperable vehicle, utilities in threat of termination, or an eviction notice.  Women who receive grants are encouraged to participate in a series of financial education workshops designed to increase their knowledge in all areas of the use and management of money.  In addition, participants work one-on-one with financial counselors and volunteer coaches to build skills in budgeting, saving, debt reduction, and credit repair.

To apply for participation in the Smart Investment program and the workshops below, please call Jennifer LaRosa at 412.854.9120 x107.

Upcoming Money Management Workshops

New Year. New Budget. ~ Tuesday, December 16th, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Start 2015 off with a new budget that reflects real life.  This is a working session where you will create a real-life budget for yourself.
We provide the calculators…you bring your bills.

Newman House at St. Valentine’s Church
2710 Ohio St.
Bethel Park, PA 15102


Credit Reports 101 ~ Tuesday, January 13th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Learn what a credit report says and does for you.  Print your personal credit report (www.freecreditreport.com) and bring it to this workshop.
This workshop will be led by Carrie Havas from Brentwood Bank.

Newman House at St. Valentine’s Church
2710 Ohio St.
Bethel Park, PA 15102


An evening of Sharing ~ Tuesday, January 27th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
A special session for Smart Investment women.  Join us and share your stories, struggles and successes.

Newman House at St. Valentine’s Church
2710 Ohio St.
Bethel Park, PA 15102

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