For a lot of us.
keeping up with all of our bills can sometimes feel
But a program by the Salvation Army is helping people
become more financially indpendent.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with more.
Over last several weeks.
the Salvation Army in La Crosse has re-branded it's
'Eviction Diversion Program'.
to now what's called the 'Change Program.'
It helps people by providing financial advice to those
who feel they are falling behind on their bills.
The change in name was to help better reflect the
goal of the program: changing your life *before* an
eviction is issued.
You just feel like you never get ahead.
Shirley Spreeman is like a lot of us: she has a good
job as well as an apartment.
But keeping up with the bills of every day life.
remained a challenge.
I shouldn't feel like I'm living paycheck to paycheck,
and you begin to feel smaller, smaller, and smaller,
and you don't want anyone to know that.
About a year ago.
Shirley discovered a program at the Salvation Army
that helped people stay on the right financial track.
Our goal really is to make sure when we have people
came and talk to our case managers -- that they are
finding these specific things these people need help
with, and making sure they can do them to avoid getting
that eviction notice in a couple of months.
Every couple of weeks.
Spreeman meets with a case manager to go over ways
she can help her bottom line.
First of all, it was just getting on target with a
budget, and seeing what I had coming in and coming
out, and really keeping that on paper, and realizing
every check that came in I wanted to watch that closely,
and save all my recipts.
The goal, obviously, is to keep people from going
homeless, but we want to help people, more or less,
change their ways, make them become more self-sufficient.
Shirley says she's in much better financial shape
and she hopes others will take advantage of the program.
What I would tell people is the Salvation Army offers
anybody; whether you think you are the poorest of
poor, whether you have a good job, even if you aren't
married and have a ton of children -- I think they
are there in the community to help anybody who comes
In LAX, EJ, N8.
To be eligible for the program.
families and individuals must have a source of income.
no current eviction notice.
as well as no *immediate* need for financial assistance.
Anyone interested can head to Salvation Army to fill
out an application.
96 families have already been helped from the program
since it began in 20-13.