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Thrive | Financial Success Centers

Thrive, a program of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, will serve to strengthen the financial capacity of community college students and area residents by promoting, supporting, through community collaborative efforts, access to a one-stop center offering financial literacy and coaching, workforce development services, and public benefit screening and enrollment.

Thrive Strives to

  • Increase the overall persistence rate for students accessing the center by at least 10% within the first two years
  • Increase credit scores by an average of 10%
  • Increase the number of mainstream bank accounts for at least six months by 50
  • Assist at least 50 users in creating and maintaining a household budget for six months
  • Assist at least 50 users in accessing workforce training in preparation for living wage jobs

Thrive offers an array of free services that help users overcome financial difficulties through a progressive assisted learning process. All Thrive services are integrated with the student services provided by Holyoke Community College.

Free AND Confidential Services AT ThRIVE Include:

  • Individual financial coaching sessions which include:
    • training on household budgeting
    • reviewing credit reports
    • building credit
    • credit repair
    • addressing debt issues
    • banking relationships
    • building assets
    • and more
  • Tax preparation during tax season
  • Benefits screening and enrollment
  • Links to workforce development training
  • Referrals to community resources

Thrive Community Partners

  • CareerPoint
  • FutureWorks
  • Holyoke Community College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
  • Valley Opportunity Council
  • MA Department of Transitional Assistance
  • The MIDAS Collaborative
  • Rose Foundation
  • City of Westfield
  • Berkshire Bank
  • MassMutual
  • PeoplesBank
  • Westfield Bank
  • The Beveridge Family Foundation
  • Project Reinvest