Centier Bank branch manager teaches financial wellness at Dove Recovery House for Women • Current Publishing

Linda Risch found her calling in working with the Dove Recovery House for Women in Indianapolis.

The branch manager of Centier Bank in Fishers Crossing teaches financial wellbeing to women suffering from substance abuse.

“Part of what I love about Dove House is that they obviously deal with the addiction, but they also deal with the trauma that has happened to many of these women,” said Risch, a Fishers resident and a 2008 graduate of Fishers High School “Many have no idea about finances. For example, I had someone on one of my very first courses and we were talking about the benefits of banking. I kind of skipped checking accounts and what debit cards were. Fortunately, one of the women stopped me to ask ‘WHat is a debit card? ‘

“I was kind of overwhelmed. I had to go back and go through what it was so that they would understand. “

Risch said many women failed to understand that a co-owner on an account is not necessary.

“Some of their partners were on their accounts and took their money,” said Risch. “They benefit from being trained to be financially independent, which is enormous because many of them have never been there before. You have always lived with someone else, have been homeless or have a bad family life. “

Wendy Noe, executive director of Dove House, said Risch has a good connection with women.

“A lot of our women don’t have a healthy relationship with money,” Noe said. “They don’t know how to handle this money. A lot of them don’t have good credit histories so it really is a gift to have someone like Linda who can impart their financial knowledge and understand and appreciate it. “

Noe said Risch is adjusting her curriculum based on to the needs of women in the program.

“She’s very relatable,” said Noe. “She’s just a joy. She is funny. She is loose. She is flexible and meets the women where they are. She builds a trusting relationship with them and the women react to it. “

Noe said the women know Risch takes care of them.

“You feel safe with her, and when you feel safe, you are open to learning,” Noe said. “You don’t feel judged.”

Risch said Dove provides women with the tools to be independent.

“When they finally leave Dove, they are not only sober, but also confident that they can take care of themselves,” said Risch. “It starts with financial independence.”

R.Isch said she would like women knows how they control their finances and are not controlled by them. For example, she wants them to understand what happens when they go to the cash advance Establishments or take out loans. She said many did not understand interest Prices. Now they can make a more informed decision when they need a loan.

Risch said some women are returning during Another six-week session to hear information again or to take a look at Risch’s budget.

“We talk about wishes and needs, that is, you want the new nail polish, but you have to pay your light bill,” said Risch. “It’s a great feeling to see how enthusiastic they are about what they have learned, because finances are of course not the most exciting.”

Six women took part Risch’s first session at Dove.

“The word got around, and in my next I had class like 20, ”she said. “It just kept growing. The average is between 15 and 20. It varies in number, but even if I only had one it would be fine because it needs as much help as 20. I don’t care about class size, I get hungry more when it does understand what they are learning in class. “

Risch said meeting the women at Dove House helped her better understand the addiction.

“When you hear these women’s stories, you understand what a slippery slope it is,” says Risch, married and the father of two small children. “Addiction is actually a disease. You are sick. You went through something traumatic. You have had a tough life. Then put yourself in their shoes. Now I am just in awe of all of them because they have all been through something and they are all struggling really hard to get out of there. I learned as much from them as they did from me. You have humiliated me in many ways.

“I have a great life and I am grateful for this life. There is a level of judgment that I used to have that I no longer have. “

Centier Bank Branch Manager Linda Risch teaches financial wellbeing to women in recovery. (Courtesy photo of Linda Risch)

Commitment to give something back

Linda Risch, who has been the branch manager of Fishers Crossing Centier Bank for 2 1/2 years, said the bank has offered financial wellness training for several years.

“We’re looking for any organization or company that can benefit from teaching these financial wellbeing courses,” said Risch. “So it could be anywhere from a dental office to an organization like Dove (Recovery House) to manufacturing. We will do it for anyone who wants a free financial education. IIt doesn’t have to be a low-income organization. “

Risch leads a six-week program at Dove House for an hour once a week, then takes four weeks off before teaching the program again. She started teaching it earlier this year.

“There’s no end date, so hopefully I’ll do that forever,” she said.

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