In late 2019, Danielle Morris found herself newly divorced after 30 years. 

Morris had not taken part in financial matters during her marriage, so she was overwhelmed. 

She didn’t know how to pay bills and had a Best Buy credit card account with $4,000 on it at 30% interest. She was driving an old car with 400,000 miles and the refrigerator in her West Akron house had just broken. 

“I was literally scared,” recalls Morris. “We were using our front porch as the refrigerator because it was in the winter time. I had to figure out something only because I needed help and didn’t know what to do.” 

She found her answer on a bright-orange insert in her Akron water bill. It was a postcard about the Financial Empowerment Center, a partnership between the city of Akron and United Way of Summit and Medina counties. The center provides free financial counseling to anyone who works or lives in Summit or Medina counties, with no eligibility…

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