Money Management Program

My diabetic retinopathy was robbing me of my vision. Living alone, and unable to see, I needed help writing my checks, reading bills, and reviewing my bank statements. Operating within a tight budget, I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes.

The Money Management Program introduced me to Katherine, a retired bookkeeper, who is a trained, insured volunteer bill payer. Each month Katherine visits me to pay my bills and review expenses. While paying routine bills, we forged a friendship that is strong. Because of my bill payer volunteer, I no longer worry about my money. Katherine has been paying bills for 3 years now.”

OVERVIEW

Paying bills accurately and on time is an essential part of living independently. The Money Management Program offers two types of bill paying services to people 60 years and older as well as individuals living with a disability. This program is helpful for people with impaired vision, difficulty writing, limited mobility, memory loss or confusion, as well as those who struggle with mental health issues that get in the way of routine bill paying.

This program is partially funded by:

 

ASNCM’s Money Management Program belongs to the statewide consortium of Money Managements ASAPs known as the Massachusetts Money Management Program.

THERE ARE TWO LEVELS OF SERVICE

Bill Payer service is designed for those who need coaching or cueing to pay their own bills. The Bill Payer Service carefully matches a screened, trained, and insured volunteer to an individual who needs bill-paying assistance. Volunteers visit clients monthly and at the discretion of the client, sort mail, write checks for the client’s signature, balance checkbooks, reconcile bank statements and create a budget with the client.

Representative Payee service provides a higher level of support to individuals who are no longer able to manage their own finances. With a physician’s consent, ASNCM’s trained staff manage the Social Security benefits of an individual. Acting in the best interest of the beneficiary, we ensure all essential household bills are paid in a timely manner.

ELIGIBILITY

The individual requiring assistance must:

  • Be 60 or older or a younger adult with a disability
  • Be at risk of losing independence because of financial challenges
  • Live in North Central Massachusetts

ADVISORY BOARD

The purpose of the Money Management Advisory Board is to provide guidance and support to the Money Management Program.

Specifically, the group is designed to Create Public Awareness, Assist with Volunteer Recruitment, Serve as a Source of Client Referrals, and Offer Promotion and Fundraising Support.

2021-2022 Advisory Board:

  • Officer Shelbie Hertel, Fitchburg Police Department
  • Lori Kelly, Rollstone Bank & Trust
  • Evelyn Perez, Leominster Housing Authority
  • Rick Voutour, Veterans Services of Leominster
  • John Pacheco, Fidelity Bank
  • Robert Lewis, Volunteer

CONTACT

If you are interested in our Money Management Program, fill out the form below and ASNCM will be in touch.

Money Management Program Inquiry

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