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Phyllis Larson
Money Management Program Supervisor

GSSSI's Money Management Program  
Greater Springfield Senior Service’s Money Management program is designed to preserve independent living for low-income elders by assisting them with their routine financial needs. Individuals who participate in this program benefit from the assistance of bill-paying, budgeting and representative payee services free of charge.

GSSSI’s Money Management Program is available to adults age 60 and older or disabled individuals that meet the programs income level guidelines. Individuals may meet the eligibility criteria of the program if they are experiencing physical impairments, cognitive challenges, are forgetful or anxious about finances, or may lack the support of family and friends who can assist them. 

Each service provided by this program is tailored to the needs of the participant.This is achieved through the dedicated support of screened and trained Money Management volunteers. Our volunteers are trained to assist individuals with general financial tasks such as weekly and monthly budgeting, bill tracking and payment, checkbook balancing, check writing and organizing financial paperwork. The elder maintains full control over his/her money and retains check-signing capacity at all times.

GSSSI’s Money Management volunteers meet with participants during days and times that work best for the participant. Visit time lengths may vary dependent upon the need of the participant, however, the average amount of assistance provided each month is between 3 and 6 hours. GSSSI asks that eligible and interested individuals provide a minimum of a one-year commitment to the program.

If you or a loved one needs assistance with routine finances please contact GSSSI’s Information & Referral department at  413-781-8800 for details on how to become a part of the Money Management program.

Below is a list of helpful financial resources and tips to assist individuals with money management and credit counseling. Click on the web links to learn more.

Springfield Partners for Community Action
http://www.springfieldpartnersinc.com/whatwedo/creditcounseling/
Springfield Partners for Community Action offers confidential, one-on-one counseling to Springfield residents seeking to establish, improve or repair their credit. They also facilitate workshops on budgeting and financial literacy.


Money Management International
www.moneymanagement.org
Money Management International (MMI) is a nationwide nonprofit, full-service credit counseling organization. Services include financial guidance, credit counseling, community-wide educational programs, debt management assistance, and bankruptcy/housing counseling. Visit their website or call 866-889-9347 for locations. Counseling is now available online


Cambridge Credit Counseling Corporation
www.cambridge-credit.org
Cambridge Credit Counseling Corporation 800-235-1407 Nonprofit agency; services include credit counseling, debt management plans, foreclosure counseling, 1st-time home buyer courses, bankruptcy counseling, reverse mortgage counseling, and student loan counseling.


AARP
https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/money/budgeting_savings/2014-08/budgeting-worksheet-aarp.pdf
Link to an article from AARP on Budgeting and Saving Tips for older adults

Senior Living Discount Resources
https://www.seniorliving.org/finance/senior-discounts/
Link to a list of over 30 senior discounts from retail stores, car insurance, and more.

 
How to talk about finances with an aging parent
https://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/retirement/t013-s001-talk-to-your-aging-parents-about-their-finances/index.html
Link to an article discussing ways to have a productive conversation about money with your older loved ones

Additional Resources: 

Way Finders' Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners:
For residents at risk of losing their home, residents who are homeless and need assistance with move-in costs, and residents who need assistance with utility shut-off.


Springfield Partners for Community Action COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Response:
For Springfield residents who need help with electric bills, groceries, water/sewer, rent/mortgage, water heater, and funeral expenses for COVID victims. For more information call 413-263-6500 or email.


Additional Housing resources open and available during COVID-19.
Check for local resources on 413Cares.org.

 

GSSSI Current Job Openings
(Click on the job title below for further details)

"Meals-on-Wheels" Substitute Driver

 

Billing Specialist

 

Registered Nurse 

 

GSSSI wants to acknowledge and give thanks to the following individuals, businesses and community partners that have donated to our programs during this epidemic:

 

Anthony & Beverly Corigliano
Anne Clough
Catherine Kennedy


Through the generosity of donors, GSSSI is able to meet the increased needs being placed upon older adults and persons with disabilities during this pandemic. Donations have allowed us the opportunity to expand our capability for purchasing additional KN-95 masks for our Home Delivered Meal Drivers, purchasing additional food supplies for the community and acquiring technology to assist in remote services. 

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