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Financial Literacy Topic of Two Type of Free Workshops Offered by Catholic Charities

By April 24, 2019August 16th, 2021Events

by Nancy Steves

Wed, Apr 24th 2019 03:00 pm

Financial literacy workshops led by influential women and minority entrepreneurs and monthly workshops about personal financial independence will be offered by Catholic Charities of Buffalo in May and June.

Your Money Your Future features a different area business professional and topic each month in a one-hour workshop presented by Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services. Other monthly workshops on learning the language of money are presented through Family and Community Services (FACS).

Your Money Your Future workshops will be held May 8 and June 12 from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Workforce and Education Services program site, 1001 E. Delavan Ave., Buffalo.

Venus Quates-Majors, president and CEO of launchTECH, will lead the May discussion on the topic “Your Career is Your Business.” Quates-Majors is a member of the University at Buffalo Allstate Minority & Women Emerging Entrepreneur Program Class of 2018. Her company is a management consulting and IT services firm headquartered in Buffalo.

In June, Nikia Sweet, founder of Clarity Credit Repair, will discuss “The Importance of Credit and Income Management.” Sweet’s business strives to give people practical solutions to achieve financial stability and financial wellness.

“Our Financial Literacy Workshops were developed to promote discussion about financial management and asset building, which many youths do not receive while in school,” said Jeffrey Conrad, director of Workforce and Education Services. “We also aim to expand the conversation by introducing students to people who have been successful in managing finances and projects that expanded their assets.”

“We are committed to providing our students with an array of services that will help them advance both personally and professionally,” Conrad said.

Because seating is limited, registration is required for the Workforce and Education Financial Literacy Series. For more information and to register, contact Isabella Kaplan at 716-893-3500, ext. 5108 or

The Financial Literacy Workshops, which focus on personal financial success, are scheduled for May 2 and June 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Catholic Charities office located at 525 Washington St., Buffalo. They are funded through a grant from M&T Bank.

The monthly workshops are similar in that they feature information to help understand the importance of budgeting and tracking income and expenses. General topics include spending and debt, credit and credit scores, credit card usage, reading a credit report, taxes and insurances.

Specific information addresses situations affecting older adults ─ financial exploitation, scams, Power of Attorney and caregivers ─ and domestic violence survivors ─ setting aside your own money, getting a job, economic abuse, recordkeeping and renting an apartment.

Light refreshments are provided and registration is also required for the FACS workshops. The first 10 people to register and attend receive a gift card.

For more information or to register for a Financial Literacy Workshop, contact Pamela Kwiatkowski at 716-856-4474, ext. 317.

As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, health and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For six years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.

For more information about the organization and its other services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to You can also find Catholic Charities of Buffalo on Facebook, Twitter at and on Instagram at