Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. provides financial counseling among its plethora of services and financial literacy programs.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Among the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce nominees for outstanding local busines is one nonprofit organization that has helped 7,000 people last year make sense of their dollars.
"Our mission is to provide counseling, education for all people to help them achieve their housing and financial goals." Bob Mackey, President and CEO of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. says people who seek out the non-profit for financial help have nothing to be ashamed of.
"Not only do people come here through no fault of their own, either loss of job or divorce, high medical expenses, so on and so forth, but they come here after making difficult decisions," he says.
HCCI, located in the old Buchanan elementary school building on 1195 SW Buchanan Street, assists clients with counseling, budgeting and foreclosures, all for a nominal fee.
"Most of the people who come here say we didn't know where else to turn to. We are the only nonprofit agency in this area of the state that provides those services," Mackey says the agency wants to empower consumers.
"There's lots we can recommend. [But] we never tell them to do. We give them options," Mackey says.
The agency also teaches education programs throughout the 22 counties it serves. It says financial literacy is just as important as learning your ABCs.
HCCI is one of three non-profit finalists. The Chamber's awards luncheon will be held on Wednesday at Washburn University.