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CAAC launches new financial classes

Clover Area Assistance Center will offer new life skills classes.

Pam Horack, president of Pathfinder Planning in Lake Wylie, volunteered to write the curriculum, researching the financial needs of CAAC clients, and meeting with CAAC’s Living Basics Class instructors Lynn Viets and Bruce Roberts.

After months of testing the curriculum, Horack on July 14 presented Karen van Vierssen, executive director of CAAC, with the curriculum manual including instructional materials and handouts for participants.

Horack broke the subject matter into four sections – budgeting basics, needs vs. wants, setting goals, and credit and preventing fraud – allowing time for discussion in each class. Instructor Viets added a piece to the new curriculum, which includes follow-up with clients over a 12-week period.

Viets grew up in public housing and her family struggled for everything.

“God gave me the gift to teach” Viets said. “I used that gift to rise above my situation. I received a national award as a high school economics teacher and had the opportunity to take my skills to other countries. Nothing makes me happier than to have a CAAC student come up to me in the grocery store to tell me they got a job.”

Horack agreed. Her family also struggled, and she received meal tickets at school for her lunches each day.

“My business exists to provide personal financial advice to young adults and families. Everyone in our area needs these services, including the clients at CAAC,” she said.

CAAC clients who receive financial assistance are required to attend an LBC class.

CAAC is looking for volunteers to provide telephone follow-up for attendees. Training will be provided. For more information, call 803-222-4837.

CAAC is at 1130 S.C. 55 E., and is the largest food pantry in western York County offering aid through food, financial assistance, education, medical and dental care.