WE ARE BUILDERS
Obtaining and maintaining gainful employment is critical to a family’s full participation and economic security. That’s why SER National works to build financial capability within families by helping them translate knowledge into behavior. SER’s Economic Empowerment Initiative ensures that the Latino population across the country has easy access to culturally competent, intensive and relevant training and counseling to help families build wealth and economic stability. Financial Capability Training Training includes information on budgeting for life’s large and small events, financial literacy for people of all ages, Credit 101, and education to dispel myths about financial institutions. In partnership with financial service industry leaders, SER National supports practical, user-friendly training programs. SER also provides mortgage counseling and fair housing assistance. Financial Opportunity Centers/Centers For Working Families The Financial Opportunity Centers/Centers for Working Families located at SER affiliates offer critical economic empowerment for families through integrated services. The Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) supports the model at some of the SER affiliates. SER integrates three types of services to assist low to moderate income families to achieve financial stability, move up the economic ladder and out of poverty:
- Workforce Development – Job readiness and job development services
- Wealth Building – Financial literacy and coaching
- Access to Income Supports – Benefit and tax credit screening/application assistance; access/referral to free tax preparation
Through the integrated service delivery and financial coaching, SER helps families establish their plans for budging, saving, and building wealth.
In 2014, SER implemented a national women’s entrepreneurship program entitled SER Mastering and Understanding Jobs and Entrepreneurship Relationships (SER MUJER) to encourage and support aspiring women entrepreneurs in Dallas/Fort Worth and through its Affiliates Nationwide. The Coca-Cola Foundation in 2016 awarded SER $250,000 to continue operating the SER MUJER Program focusing on women’s empowerment in the United States. The organization is continuing to collaborate with the U.S. Small Business Administration to support their work in the entrepreneurial field. The SER MUJER program provides financial literacy, entrepreneurship and business development training to women. The program’s full coursework, offered in traditional workshop settings is available both online and via a mobile app.
SER is committed to closing the digital divide, the term used to describe the segments of society without access to Information Technology and its potential to improve life and livelihood. SER bridges the gap by providing easy access, not only to computers, but also to the knowledge it takes to use them effectively to reach a higher level of education and achievement. Access to technology also helps underserved populations, including people with disabilities, with language acquisition and new delivery methods for learning materials. By providing easy access to technology, SER motivates young people to stay in school and provides opportunities for people of all ages to improve their quality of life and economic future. For more than three decades, SER’s partnership with IBM has brought many innovative programs to the network of SER affiliates so they can better assist their customers. IBM is SER’s oldest and largest supporter, with a total contribution of $15 million in products and services.
SER helps connect legal permanent residents to their communities through employment, naturalization, and eventual participation in the democratic process. Through citizenship classes, SER helps immigrants move from green-card status to become fully naturalized citizens, thus promoting engaged citizens and communities.