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January 23 2014

Free financial help for Alabamians available at HOPE Inside Locations

Posted: Jan 23, 2014 1:33 PM PST

There’s a new resource for Alabamians who want to build personal wealth or protect assets from disasters.
 

Operation HOPE, along with Regions Financial Corporation and Protective Life Corporation joined forces to announce the first “HOPE Inside” location in the state of Alabama.

During a news conference at Regions Financial corporate headquarters Thursday, the first HOPE Inside office will be located in the Regions Bank Five Points South branch in Birmingham.

The HOPE Inside offices will offer free adult financial education, individual financial counseling advice and financial disaster recovery workshops.

The goal is to help residents build personal wealth and protect their assets from disasters.

“We are pleased that Regions Bank and Protective Life Corporation show such dedication to their community. Their commitment will help ensure that the residents of Birmingham will have an opportunity to receive Operation HOPE’s qualified financial empowerment service,” said Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant. “For more than 20 years, we have been advocating the importance of financial literacy as a tool to combat economic inequality. Through Operation HOPE Inside we are making a measurable impact in communities across the country, like Birmingham.”

The HOPE Inside offices will feature a dedicated certified counselor to provide and coordinate credit, money management and homeownership counseling services.

Services are provided free of charge and are available to the general public.

 “This is about helping people succeed financially to make our community stronger,” said Regions Financial Corporation CEO Grayson Hall. “Financial education gives people the knowledge and information they need to make decisions that will benefit themselves and their families. Regions is honored to partner with Operation HOPE and Protective Life to provide this service that will help people set and achieve their financial goals.”

"Operation HOPE is a global leader in helping individuals and families build financial capacity and achieve financial dignity through their strong financial literacy programs,” said John D. Johns, CEO, Protective Life Corporation. “We are pleased to partner with Regions to bring the HOPE Inside program to Alabama, and we are excited about the impact this program will have in our community.”