Approximately 2% of adults need help managing personal finances due to mental or physical impairments. Without support they are vulnerable to fraud and financial abuse. They are often isolated and living in fear of losing their independence.
The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by DHS and offered statewide through regional sponsors. Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, OMMP supports people who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each person.
The New Year is brighter for one OMMP client, thanks to the support that she received from an OMMP volunteer, Mark. Sue was referred to the program because she was under a lot of stress due to her inability to manage her money. She was facing eviction, had received utility shut off notices, and didn’t have a phone or money to buy necessities. Mark began working very closely with Sue and after many visits and a few months Sue is now caught up on her rent and utilities. Now Sue has a phone and knows how much money she has each month to spend on personal items.
“Financial worries can become disabling to even the healthiest of men and women––it is all the more impactful to those who are older or physically challenged,” explained Carol Cookson, Director, OMMP. “Financial security is being able to understand and pay bills on time, manage credit, organize financial papers and file taxes,” she said. “By calming financial stresses, clients’ quality of life improves greatly.”
“Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to their clients, their community and state. Helping keep clients independent, protected and living with less stress, reduces the need for more costly supports,” she said.
“We have always respected the good work pioneered by Easter Seals and AARP. We are excited to support the statewide expansion of these services to those that need a small amount of help remaining safe and independent,” said Mike McCormick, Director of DHS Aging and People with Disabilities Program.
To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Easter Seals Oregon at 800-556-6020 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.