Find Trusted, Financial Guidance to Help You Navigate the Government Shutdown

Need Support? An AFCPE Professional Can Help

If you are one of the 800,000 government employees who have been furloughed, placed on leave, or asked to work without pay during the government shutdown, you may be feeling the financial burden from the loss of a regular paycheck. You are not alone.  

Find an AFC® or FFC® Professional in Your Area


There are many trusted financial professionals who are available to provide you with support and guidance to navigate this uncertain time. Many AFCPE certified professionals - Accredited Financial Counselors® (AFC®) and Financial Fitness Coaches (FFC®) - along with the organizations that they serve, are offering unbiased 1:1 financial counseling, hosting workshops, and helping connect individuals to local resources.

The AFC® and FFC® designations give you the assurance that this professional has the education, experience, and highest ethical standards to help you through your specific financial challenges and opportunities.

To ensure that you are able find support in your area, we have compiled a list of resources for individuals and families affected by the shutdown. We will continue to update this list as we learn of more opportunities available to you. 


Delaware

Money Coach Group, Inc 
Bill Hines, AFC® Candidate
   Offering budgeting, financial coaching, debt management 
Milford, DE
Contact: Email Bill or call 302-339-1296


District of Columbia

Legal Aid Society of District of Columbia
Jason H. Simpson, AFC®
   Offering 1:1 financial coaching/counseling for furloughed workers
Washington, D.C.
Email Jason or call 202-386-6687


California

Elizabeth Plot, CFP®, ChFC®, AFC®
   Offering free 1-on-1 counseling for furloughed federal workers
Virtual or Monterey, CA
Email Elizabeth 
 

Purple Budget
Conoon Kim, AFC®
   Assisting federal workers affected by the government shutdown with 1:1 financial counseling and coaching to help setup a plan of action.
Glendale, CA (Available virtually as well)
Email Conoon or call 818-275-0751
 

Illinois

Kathy Johnson, AFC®
   Offering budgeting; debt management, tax preparations
Monday through Thursday
Chicago, IL
Email Kathy or call 773-744-8923
 

Maryland

Pryor Financial Services
Jeanna L. Pryor, AFC® candidate, The Finance Coach
   Offering 1:1 financial coaching
9 AM to 4 PM
3261 Old Washington Road, Waldorf MD 20603
Email Jeanna or call 240-280-0909


Michigan

Customized Financial Coaching LLC
Alan Caldwell, AFC® Candidate
   Offering financial coaching, customized to client's needs
Dearborn, MI (and virtual)
Email Alan or call 734-646-6087
 

New York

Workforce New York Career Center
Paula Mucci, AFC®, FFC®
   Offering Free Financial Coaching for Veterans. Private, and judgement-free meetings - How to Survive through the Government Shutdown
In person or Tele-Coaching available
Long Island, NY
Email Paula or call 631-521-1156
 

North Carolina

State Employees Credit Union
  Offering financial counseling resources for SECU members who are federal government employees.
Call or visit your local branch or contact Member Services Support at (888)732-8562.


Ohio

CityLink Center
Michelle Abernathy, AFC® candidate 
   Offering one location where Families and individuals can come and be supported by a group experts to find a integrated, holistic path to break free from poverty and get to a place of self-sustainability and hope. All new clients must attend CityLink Center's  information session. 
Monday, Tuesday Thursday & Friday 9am-5pm. Wednesday 9am-8pm
Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
Call 513-357-2000 
 

Johnie L. Reed, MPOD, M.Ed., AFC®
   Join me at the Twinsburg Library where I will share financial and credit management strategies. Offering 1:1 and group financial coaching/counseling for furloughed workers. Offering budgeting, financial coaching, credit, and debt management 
Cleveland/Akron, Ohio 
Call 330-817-6363


Oklahoma

Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma
Angela Steidley, AFC®
   Offering Financial Coaching; Food pantry; Clothing Distribution
Tuesday-Thursday, 9AM -4:30PM (6:30 PM on Tues.)
Tulsa, OK
Email Angela or call 918-949-4673 (Emergency Assistance Department)


Texas

Good Samaritan Veteran’s Outreach & Transition Center
Joshua Trigo, AFC® candidate, FFC® candidate
Veteran Financial Coach, CFPB Financial Coaching Initiative
   Offering Free services 1:1 financial coaching to Veterans their immediate family members, military retirees, transitioning military (within a year of ETS), non-active duty military (Reservists and National Guard not on drill), and dishonorably discharged personnel. 
Mondays - Fridays, 8 AM - 5 PM
San Antonio, TX (virtual through Zoom)
Email Joshua or call (office) 210-486-2574 or (cell) 830-457-4298
 

Living Abundantly
Brandy Baxter, AFC®, FFC®
   Offering 1:1 In-Person and Virtual Financial Counseling and Coaching
Dallas, TX
Email Brandy or call 469-629-9028


Virtual Financial Counseling
Christine Julius, MBA, AFC®
   Offering 1:1 Financial Counseling
By Appointment Only
Location: Central Texas area Temple, Killeen, Fort Hood and Copperas Cove
Email Christine or call 254-245-6248


Westurn Consulting LLC
Stephen Westurn, AFC®
   Offering complimentary one hour consulting with new clients
Call to schedule. Available evenings and weekends.
Collin County Texas (McKinney, Allen, Plano, Frisco)
Email Stephen or call 214-240-0701


Virginia

The Financial Empowerment Center
Martha Borowski, AFC®
   Offering Free One-on-One Financial Coaching to furloughed federal employees in the Northern Virginia area. Receive connections to community, county, and non-profit resources offering assistance.
Open weekly: Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:30pm; by appointment (703-704-6101)
South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, Suite 125, Alexandria, VA 22309
Email Martha, or info@FECSoCo.org or call 703-704-6101
 

Washington

Rick DeChaineau AFC®, CFP®
   Offering 1-on-1 counseling for furloughed federal workers
Federal Way, WA
Email Rick or call 206-850-6487


Various Locations Nationwide

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  • Address your immediate money challenges.
  • Create a plan to achieve your unique goals & dreams.
  • Build a sustainable foundation for long-term financial well-being.

When you work with an AFC® professional you receive financial education and guidance specific to your unique situation and needs. An AFC will never sell you products.
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My Financial Coach
A federally funded program with financial coaches in 60 locations nationwide. Learn more at CFPB’s website on Financial Coaching.
   Financial coaches are trained professionals (AFC® and FFC® professionals) who will guide you in a process that is non-judgmental and based on your goals. They provide support, encouragement, accountability, and tools to help you make informed decisions. Together, you and your coach will identify your financial goals, create a plan, and track your progress.
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No coach in your area? Call their toll-free tele-coaching hotline: 1-844-90-GOALS / 1-844-904-6257

If you are unable to locate a financial counselor or coach in your area, the list of professionals below offer virtual services. 

Virtual Counseling



Customized Financial Coaching LLC
Alan Caldwell, AFC® Candidate
   Offering financial coaching, customized to client's needs
Dearborn, MI (and virtual)
Email Alan or call 734-646-6087
 

Dr. Dominique' N. Reese,  AFC®, FFC®     
  Offering virtual 1-on-1 coaching for furloughed employees
Must make appointment
Virtual
Email Dominique


Elizabeth Plot, CFP®, ChFC®, AFC®
   Offering free 1-on-1 counseling for furloughed federal workers
Virtual or Monterey, CA
Email Elizabeth 
 

Purple Budget
Conoon Kim, AFC®
   Assisting federal workers affected by the government shutdown with 1:1 financial counseling and coaching to help setup a plan of action.
Glendale, CA (Available virtually as well)
Email Conoon or call 818-275-0751


Living Abundantly
Brandy Baxter, AFC®, FFC®
   Offering 1:1 In-Person and Virtual Financial Counseling and Coaching
Dallas, TX
Email Brandy or call 469-629-9028
 

The Table Financial Planning
Andrea Clark, AFC® 
   Offering 1-on-1 financial counseling for furloughed federal employees and their spouses. Services include: financial counseling and planning, debt and credit management strategies.
Free 30 minute video chats
Schedule here: https://calendly.com/thetablefp/30min
 

Virtual Financial Counseling
Christine Julius, MBA, AFC®
   Offering 1:1 Financial Counseling
By Appointment Only
Location: Central Texas area Temple, Killeen, Fort Hood and Copperas Cove
Email Christine or call 254-245-6248

Not ready to meet with a professional, but seeking resources and information to help educate yourself? Partners, and members of the AFCPE community, have compiled additional resources to support you.

Other Resources


Below is a list of relevant articles, websites, blogs, and webinars compiled by AFCPE partners from eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practices.

FINRA Investor Education Foundation also offers a great "To-Do List for Tough Times"

 


Articles

  1. How to Handle a Furlough: Develop a Plan  https://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/message/message.php?p=Finance&m=136
  2. Resources for Employees Impacted by Furlough  https://www.army.mil/article/99456/Resources_for_employees_impacted_by_furlough/
  3. Employee Information and Resources  https://hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov/hraccess/pdf/furlough2019/Employee_Information_and_Resources.pdf
  4. FY 2018 Shutdown Furlough – Frequently Asked Questions  https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/aboutsbaarticle/FY2018-Shutdown-Furlough-FAQ.pdf
  5. How You (and your finances) Can Survive the Federal Shutdown  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/how-you-and-your-finances-can-survive-the-federal-  shutdown/2019/01/11/2c645604-1560-11e9-ab79-  30cd4f7926f2_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1f8dd03e1b2a

Websites

  1. Financial Security: Managing Money in Tough Times  https://articles.extension.org/pages/15275/financial-security:-managing-money-in-tough-times
  2. Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times  https://fyi.uwex.edu/toughtimes/
  3. Pay & Leave – Furlough Guidance https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/
  4. Furloughed Employees Handbook  https://www.state.gov/m/2018/288335.htm
  5. Resources Available for Furloughed Employees  https://www.transportation.gov/mission/resources-available-furloughed-employees
  6. 2018/2019 Federal Government Shutdown  http://www.211.org/services/govshutdown

Blogs

  1. How to Realistically Save on Food Costs,  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141/entry_13514/
  2. The Easy Way to Create a Spending Plan,  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141/entry_13344/
  3. Utilizing the Library to Keep Costs Down,  https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/eb141/entry_13180/

Webinars

  1. Budget Hacks: From Research to Practical #GetSavvy Webinar recording,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZeXnrTakKs&t=2s
  2. How to Save Money on Food #GetSavvy Webinar recording,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtjtW62EDwM&index=14&list=PLc0xo-6von5Sc31gTbXgkDUDCqPzGZ5ab&t=0s
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