What are your money goals – big or small? Are they as big as hoping to buy a house, or as small as balancing how much money to set aside for groceries versus going out to restaurants? No matter the objective, Patchogue-Medford Library is hosting a series of personalized, one-on-one financial counseling sessions that can help you accomplish these ideas as part of the Money for Life program.
John Pabon, a New York State Regional Manager for Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp (DMCC), is coming to the library for three evening sessions to meet with anyone that has questions about getting fiscally fit.
“Part of my job is to understand the client’s situation,” Pabon said.
He is certified for both credit counseling as well as for housing counseling in the state. Throughout his regular work-week at the non-profit, he focuses both on counseling clients as well as giving seminars to private businesses, banks, schools and universities throughout Long Island.
His sessions will be taking place on April 19th, May 3rd and May 17th from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. While all of the available appointments for these sessions are already waitlisted, Pabon said that if time is permitting he may be able to take walk-ins. Anyone interested in joining the formal waitlist can do so by contacting Danielle Paisley by phone at 631-654-4700 ext. 301, through the contact form or directly on Patchogue-Medford Library’s website through the Event Calendar.
The counseling is completely free, but anyone attending should be ready to explain their particular issue, understand their current expenses and talk about how they are currently keeping a budget. Pabon can also help fill in the gaps on those, for instance he can help give advice on how to start keeping a budget in the event a patron doesn’t currently do that.
Anyone that is not able to make it to these sessions at the library can also make an appointment directly with Pabon at the DMCC office at 152 Waverly Ave. in Patchogue. He can be reached by phone at 1-888-777-0978 and the website for the DMCC can be found by clicking here.
Free services provided by the DMCC include budget counseling, student loan counseling, foreclosure counseling and first-time home buyer counseling, Pabon said.
The DMCC website also includes a number of videos with financial advice, which can be viewed by clicking here.