Crossroads was one of the very first agencies in Colorado to require its clients to complete a money management course. Clients are required to satisfactorily complete the course within 9 months of their first visit in order to remain eligible for long-term assistance.
Classes are offered monthly September – May. (There are no classes during the summer months).
Each monthly class consists of three sessions, one per week in the evening. Topics include: realizing one’s dreams by Goal Setting, creating a monthly spending plan, managing bank accounts, getting out of debt, repairing credit and energy conservation.
Energy costs have risen by more than 300% since 2001. This dramatic increase has outpaced the rise in household income which has averaged a meager four percent over the last 10 years. The rise in energy costs has hurt low income families disproportionately, with most of their income being redirected from basic necessities to paying for power. Energy costs were expected to be $228 per month on average on the Front Range in 2018. And once they go up, they rarely go down. This program, developed by Habitat for Humanity and other corporate partners, teaches families practical tactics to reduce energy consumption, and their monthly bills.