Centerstone is Now Recruiting Participants for its Financial Coaching Program!



Interested in learning how to reduce your stress and anxiety about money?

You can look forward to:

  • Working with a trained financial coach, one-on-one for 5-months (January-May 2014)
  • Creating a budget that works for you
  • Identifying financial goals that you want to achieve
  • Meeting with your coach every month to stay on track with your financial goals
  • Learning how to make your money work harder & smarter for you

Centerstone’s Financial Coach Program provides free and confidential coaching to help you manage your money and improve your financial future. A financial coach is a mentor and a guide. Unlike a financial counselor, the coach program is driven by you with the focus on long term progress, not emergency relief.  This is a 5 month program that requires a commitment to meet with an assigned volunteer coach 1-2 times a month. A trained volunteer coach will work with you, one-on-one, to help you:

  • Create financial goals
  • Start and keep a budget
  • Save towards a goal
  • Better understand credit


For more information please contact Amy at [email protected] or by phone (206) 812-4950


Program Schedule



Application   Due December   1st, 2013
Group   Meeting

Orientation   and Budgeting

Wed,   January 22nd, 2014

6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Centerstone; 722 18th   Ave

Group   Meeting


Wed,   February 12th, 2014


Location: Centerstone; 722 18th   Ave

Group   Meeting

All   About Credit

Wed,   March 12th, 2014

6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Centerstone; 722 18th   Ave

Group   Meeting

Dealing   with Debt

Wed,   April 16th, 2014


Location: Centerstone; 722 18th   Ave


Wed,   May 14th, 2014


Location: Centerstone; 722 18th   Ave

Individual   One-on-One Sessions

Participants   will meet individually with their coach once a month.

Held once a month.  Time and date arranged between coach and   participant.



  • Meetings will be held at Centerstone, 722 18th
  • Light refreshments will be provided at group sessions
  • All group sessions include time for One-on-One Coaching

Centerstone is Now Recruiting Financial Coaches and Participants!!!

Centerstone is offering its first Centerstone Financial Coaching Program. This program provides free and confidential coaching to help eligible participants (partners) learn to manage their money and improve their financial future. As a coach, you will help educate, guide and encourage partners to :

  • Start and keep a budget
  • Better understand credit
  • Formulate a plan to reach goals
  • Better manage their finances
  • Identify financial goals
  • Focus on progress to reach goals

What are the benefits of being a Volunteer Coach?

  • Meet new people and enrich your life
  • Build your coaching skills
  • Strengthen your own financial literacy
  • Have the satisfaction of:
  • Empowering your partner to improve their family’s financial future
  • Helping your partner recognize their strengths and build self-confidence
  • Knowing you are having a positive impact on families and our community

Who can be a Volunteer Centerstone Coach?

  • No experience is necessary, training is provided at no cost
  • Be ready and willing to learn and apply financial coaching skills
  • Must be comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Ability to get to meeting sites (transportation)
  • Commit to the following:
  • Fully participate from January 2014 through May 2014
  • Attend two 3-hour Coach trainings on Saturday January 11th, 2014 and January 18th, 2014 from 10am-1pm
  • With your partner, complete amd submit paperwork to measure results

For more information please contact Amy at [email protected] 

Help Keep the Post Office in the Central District!

If you value this coverage and want to support the continued independence of Central District News, please subscribe today for as little as $5/month — DRIVE ENDS SEPTEMBER 30

The Post Office closure on 23rd and Union does not have to move out of the Central District! The two locations proposed by Councilmember Richard Ellis were rejected by the Post Office, and a new site has been proposed on 23rd and Jackson at the Promenade.  A 30-day comment period commenced August 15, 2013.  To show your support for keeping the Post Office and all of its services in the Central District, send your comments to the following:

Comments/Seattle East Union Station
Attn: Angela S. Kuhl
7500 East 53rd Place, Room 1108
Denver, CO 80266-9918

We all need this service in our area and want to keep it out of Capitol Hill (which already has a Post Office), so show your support and take action.  A big thank you to Stan Lock from the Department of Neighborhoods and Adrienne Bailey for passing along this information.


Financial Assistance Available for Puget Sound Energy Customers!

PSE-summer-outreach-20133The Energy Assistance Program at Centerstone (formerly the Central Area Motivation Program, located on 18th Ave and Cherry St.) has funding left for Puget Sound Energy  gas customers through the summer for Seattle residents who live at or below 150% of the federal poverty line.  Eligible clients can receive up to $1000towards their current or future PSE bills, with the average benefit for a new client hovering around $500.

Basic eligibility:

    • Live within the Seattle City limits


    • Have an open PSE account in your name


    • Live at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines (net $1,396/month for a one person household, add $495 for each additional household member)


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-348-7144.  If you have trouble scheduling an appointment, please call back on the first business day of the week at 8 AM; this is when new appointments are added.  For other questions on eligibility, please visit or call 206-812-4940.