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Money Management Classes


Carleda Johnson

Independent Living Skills Coordinator

(312) 640-2159

Taking control of your finances

Access Living’s money management classes, also known as our Financial Literacy Workshops, are geared toward people with disabilities who want to improve their credit, learn to budget, save for the future, and increase employment and home-ownership opportunities.

Participants learn to take control over their personal finances with a variety of tools and exercises including:

  • Financial basics
  • Strategies and tools to save money
  • Understanding consumer protection laws
  • Setting financial goals
  • Opening and maintaining a checking account

Access Living works with community partners that offer easy-to-access checking accounts for those with minimal or no bank accounts.

An instructor assists an adult financial literacy student with a budgeting exercise.
An Access Living instructor assists an adult financial literacy student with a budgeting exercise.

Interested in mastering your money?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Financial Literacy Workshop is offered four times a year
  • Participants meet once a week for 12 weeks
  • All classes take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Access Living
  • Access Living reimburses transportation costs for those who complete the program
  • Participants who attend the entire program also receive a certificate of completion and a small stipend
  • Participants cannot miss more than two classes throughout the program
  • No registration is required

2020 Financial Literacy Workshop Dates:

No registration required. To attend, simply walk in to Access Living.

  • Session One: Begins January 16, 2020
  • Session Two: Begins May 21, 2020
  • Session Three: TBA
  • Session Four: TBA

Please check back for 2020 workshop dates, or check the events calendar. Contact the Independent Living Skills Coordinator for additional information or to make an accommodation request.

Earn while you learn

To encourage participation, Access Living provides transportation reimbursement and a small stipend to those who complete the entire program.