Current Participant Families
BCS is a place of empowerment, achievement, purpose, and hard work. Birch helps families find their success through serving alongside each other, attending financial classes, and sitting down for regular one-on-one meetings with the Financial Literacy Manager.
“We appreciate the focus on family values and goals, then fitting our finances to support that vision.” — BCS Participant
- NOT be accepting SNAP or TANF
- Have at least one family member working or actively looking for work
- Pay $80 each month
- Volunteer each month
- Meet with the Financial Literacy Manager at least once a year (you may schedule more meetings)
- Attend a Re$tart course
- Demonstrate and exhibit BCS Cultural Values and Principles
Service Fee Payment
BCS policy only allows the use of debit cards for online payment. We also accept in-person or mailed check payments. We are currently not accepting cash.
If you have any questions about payments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the payment page, you may login to your PayPal account to complete the transaction. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set one up for free, or you can choose to Pay using a Debit Card by clicking the link below the Login button.
On the payment page, you may login to your PayPal account to complete the transaction. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can set one up for free, or you can choose to Pay using a Debit Card by clicking the gray button at the bottom.
Financial Literacy at BCS
We guarantee to create margin in your budget by providing you weekly groceries, and meet with you regularly to provide the tools you need to create a clear plan to achieve your financial goals.
Every family is required to meet with Dino Biaggi, Birch Community Services’ Financial Literacy Manager, annually. His goal is to:
- Give guidance on how to best navigate your family’s season of life
- Help think through financial decisions
- Advise on how to best use the BCS program
- Be a resource
Schedule a Meeting
Dino is always available as often as you would like for meetings, emails, and calls. Please contact us to receive a link to Dino’s schedule.
“I originally did not want to take [Re$tart] because I thought it was pointless for us. I thought we were going to be broke forever and there was no hope of financial freedom. After this class, I feel so encouraged and knowledgeable. Now we can start controlling our money and actually make headway for our dreams.”
Classes at Birch
Every family has access to financial classes throughout the year. Upcoming classes are shown on the right. Please sign up today to reserve a spot. All courses will be on Zoom until further notice.
Birch Course Offerings:
- 4-Session re$tart Course(required)
- Paying for College Without Debt
- Estate Planning and Wills
- Social Security, Disability, and Medicare
- Teaching Kids About Money
- Gardening Courses
4-Session re$tart Course
All BCS participants are required to complete the Re$tart course in the first year of participation. Whether you’re single, married, divorced, or widowed, Dino will have applicable advice and information for all seasons of life.
- Family Vision and Goals
- Financial Institutions and Credit
- Debt Reduction
- Family Meetings
- Record Keeping and Budgeting
- Financial Freedom
Couples are encouraged to come together and approach this as a team. Teenagers and other household members may also attend.
Everything about the program, updated annually.
All BCS families volunteer monthly as valuable community members.
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