Allstate Moving Ahead Through Financial Management

Financial abuse occurs in 99% of all cases of domestic violence. It’s a very powerful and invisible weapon that keeps victims trapped in abusive relationships.

Thanks to the Allstate grant awarded in 2015, Fort Bend Women’s Center (FBWC) became one of more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations trained to deliver best-in-class financial literacy and asset building programs to survivors of domestic violence.

Allstate Foundation continues building a national movement of supporters who stand up against domestic violence and financial abuse while providing survivors with access to the financial education and tools they need to stay safe and stand on their own.

Client Success Story…

Kara became homeless because of domestic violence. As a Fort Bend Women’s Center client, she learned that a part of the Allstate grant awarded to FBWC would be invested in a certified nursing assistant program. Once she started the class, Kara bonded with classmates that had no idea she spent some nights in a motel, a homeless shelter, and sometimes even in her car.

She faithfully attended classes and continued on, regardless of the obstacles put in front of her.

Finally, one day with a heavy heart, Kara swallowed her pride and told her classmates that she had no more money for transportation.

Even though she did not have any expectations, her story made a deep impact on the women in the group; they pulled together their resources and gave her money so she could continue the training.

We recently received a note from Kara with a cheerful update:

“I completed my clinicals in a nursing home on Friday and was hired on with the same company on Monday.  So with initial help from FBCWC, Allstate, persistence and prayer I will be moving into my apartment on October 1, 2016.  Thank you so much.”

Kara is now on a steady path to self-sufficiency and is hoping to fulfill her ultimate career goal: to continue working in medical field and eventually hold a position in a hospital marketing department.