Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension Partners on Financial Programs for Refugees

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension Partners on Financial Programs for Refugees

Article excerpt

Each year thousands of refugee families resettle in North Carolina. Many of the families have limited English language skills; many of them need financial skills to survive in a new country. All families must learn to manage their financial resources to meet their needs and wants.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with Lutheran Family Services, HOUSEHOLD International, National Council on Economic Education, National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, and North Carolina Council on Economic Education sponsored a 5-hour Financial Literacy workshop for new refugee families resettling in Raleigh. The workshop provided interactive financial education on four topics:

* Setting goals and planning spending

* Understanding financial institutions

* Making housing choices: renting or buying

* Managing credit

To help ensure that the educational lessons were culturally sensitive, families were visited and research was conducted prior to the workshop. The Financial Literacy workshop attracted 34 adults and 12 children (childcare was provided). Participating families were from Congo (DR), Iran, Liberia, Sudan, Nigeria, and Uganda. Of the 34 adults participating, 5 spoke fluent English, 10 spoke French, and 19 spoke a form of Vietnamese. …

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