DREAM Iowa to celebrate Financial Independence seminar graduation
DREAM Iowa, a nonprofit focused on helping immigrant Iowans move from generational poverty to generational wealth, will celebrate the achievements of local immigrant Iowans during a ceremony on Tuesday. The event, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at Capitol View Elementary School in Des Moines, marks the graduation of participants of a six-week Financial Independence seminar hosted by DREAM Iowa and facilitated by Veridian Credit Union. During the seminar, participants learned about basic banking services, money management, credit, loans, mortgages and financial planning. The seminars were offered in the language spoken by the immigrant group in order to increase learning ability, and information was presented by immigrants with experiences similar to the community in order to maintain a culturally competent curriculum. “These Financial Independence workshops are equipping our immigrant families with the tools needed to make healthier financial decisions that will ultimately break cycles of poverty and create a foundation of generational wealth for these families,” said Monica Reyes, president of DREAM Iowa. Capitol View Elementary is at 320 E. 16th St.; the ceremony is open to the public.