Members of the Successful Transitions Cohort

Members of the Successful Transitions Cohort celebrate graduation at the YMI Cultural Center.

Successful Transitions

Members of the Successful Transitions Cohort
Members of the Successful Transitions Cohort celebrate graduation at the YMI Cultural Center.

Preparing to go from unemployment to work.

Self-Help Credit Union and the YMI Cultural Center will launch its new joint program, “Successful Transitions: Scaling the Benefits Cliff,” on April 6, 2021. Self-Help and the YMI have teamed up, along with other partners, to offer practical financial education for people making the transition to employment. Supported by grants from the Dogwood Health Trust, the WNC Community Foundation, All Souls Cathedral, and generous individual donors, the program will have space for 20 participants.

The program will begin April 6, 2021, and is open to anyone interested in moving into permanent employment or simply improving their financial life. Classes are held every other Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. until early October.

The deadline for applying is March 26, 2021. Apply online at Paper applications are available; contact Dewana Little at or call her at (828) 747-6097.

The curriculum will introduce participants to a variety of practical tools as well as a host of free resources and introduces them in a cohort setting among people going down a similar path. In response to Covid-19 pandemic conditions, classes will be offered online and, for in-person participants, socially distanced and safe. (For people without computer access, equipment is available.)

Among the benefits offered participants are the following:

  • An opportunity to double their personal savings with matched savings
  • 12 free classes over six months
  • For in-person participants, childcare, refreshments, and a transportation subsidy
  • Interpretation available for Spanish speakers
  • Information on topics such as financial management, life planning, building good credit, small business development, homeownership, resources for youth, and more
  • A chance to meet and share with others who are in similar life situations

The unique “Successful Transitions” program is supported by these participating partners: Asheville Housing Authority; Buncombe County Health and Human Services; Community Action Opportunities (Lifeworks Program); OnTrack WNC Financial Education and Counseling.

Additional program participants are: Best Year Yet (Annice Brown, Consultant); Caring for Children Eckert Connects; Carolina Small Business Development Center; City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office; Goodwill Industries; Habitat for Humanity; In Real Life; Mountain BizWorks; Positive Changes Youth Ministry; S.C.O.R.E.; SBC at AB-Tech, SBTDC; United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County (Homework Diners).

Applications are due by March 26, 2021 and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply online, go to; if you have questions or no online access, contact Jane Hatley, at (828) 413-5313, or Dewana Little, at (828) 747-6097.



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