IDA Account Makes Education Dream a Reality

IDA Account Makes Education Dream a Reality

When Jasmine Vasquez hears people say there is not enough time in the day, she fully understands. This single mom not only works full-time, she goes to college with plans to earn her degree in December.

She knew her career path and had it mapped out, but there was a big glitch. She needed financial help to reach her goal of going to work in the human resources and business management field.  She says she has found that assistance and even more at CommunityWorks.

She applied for and received financial assistance to help pay for college through the Individual Development Account Program.  “I would have never been able to work toward my degree without CommunityWorks,” Jasmine said. “Completing college would not have been possible for me, but now it is.”

But help did not stop there. Financial coaching, available through the CommunityWorks Financial Wellness Checkup, has enabled her to bring more stability to her family. She also refinanced her high interest car loan at CommunityWorks Federal Credit Union, causing her payments to drop dramatically because of reduced interest rates. She has also continued to grow her savings and says having money set aside is something she never expected to achieve at this point in her life.

With CW as her partner, Jasmine knows she can continue her education by earning her master’s degree in the future, one she feels is more secure because of CommunityWorks.


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In an effort to keep our staff as well as our community safe and healthy, our office will be temporarily closed to the public. However, our operation will remain intact. We have instituted a work from home policy to ensure we continue supporting our clients, small businesses and community partners.

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Please note that we are also actively working with our investors and philanthropic partners regarding relief funds for low-income households and small business owners. We will share information with our partners and clients as these ideas develop further.