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Grant program empowers community members to get and stay on the path to financial success


Columbus, OH – May 21, 2012 – – Apprisen/Consumer Credit Counseling Service announced today that it was awarded a $120,000 grant by Chase Card Services, a division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. [NYSE: JPM] to help support an educational program focused on providing financial education and counseling to 100 consumers, with a focus on four communities: Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, Kansas City MO and Seattle WA. 

The MyCoach program is designed to help people strengthen or rebuild their finances. Consumers will complete a brief financial check-up within seven core money management areas identified as essential for a healthy financial life. Those include: establishment of a money management plan, using credit wisely, building wealth, understanding credit reports and scores, managing debt, managing bank accounts accurately, and being a smart consumer.  MyCoach participants will work together with Apprisen’s certified counselors over a two year period to set personalized goals and implement a financial action plan, meeting regularly to review progress and to update strategies for staying on track.  There is no cost to the consumer for the MyCoach program.

“It’s never too late to learn how to improve your financial health and wellbeing,” said Mike Kappas, President and CEO of Apprisen. “Thanks to Chase’s generous grant, we can provide our community members with the tools they need to move forward on the right financial path.”

This grant was made possible through Chase’s Financial Literacy Grant Program, which is in its sixth year, awards funding to community organizations focused on financial education throughout the United States including credit counseling agencies and consumer finance research groups. The nationwide program is part of Chase’s commitment to supporting financial literacy for people of all ages.

“Now more than ever, Chase is showing its commitment to increasing access to information and assistance that can help individuals improve their financial situations and secure their financial futures,” said Jana Castanon, Apprisen Representative. “We are pleased that Chase awarded Apprisen with the funding we need to help ensure the MyCoach program’s success. Additional information about the MyCoach program can be found on
About Apprisen:

Apprisen, a national nonprofit credit counseling agency, has been helping consumers manage their finances and get out of debt for over 55 years. Certified counselors provide money management and debt counseling, HUD-approved housing counseling, and financial education. Services are provided in 10 states through local offices and nationally by phone or via the Internet. The oldest nonprofit credit counseling organization in the country, Apprisen is known in its local communities as Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS). Accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), Apprisen is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and AICCCA. Information is available 24/7. Call 800-355-2227 or visit the website, You can "like us" on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at


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