Helping Formerly Incarcerated People Take the First Step
Financial education and access to mainstream banking services helps people create a path to long-term financial independence.
Fresh Start Financial Education is a free online learning Program, available 24/7 through a smartphone, computer or tablet. The Program includes important financial topics to help people manage money, pay down debt, and establish credit. Individual credit counseling services are also available. Our Fresh Start Banking Program features an all-digital, bilingual English-Spanish banking experience that includes a no-cost, no-minimum checking account, debit card, direct deposit, early pay day and access to 30,000 fee-free ATMs. We work with established credit unions (not-for-profit financial institutions) to make fair and inclusive financial services available to justice-involved individuals.
Our Programs reach people in need through partnerships with the reentry community, Departments of Corrections and state agencies.
Justice-involved individuals experience significant challenges in accessing mainstream financial services. Our vision is to start a new credit union for this community, their families, friends and supporters.
Financial Freedom isn't only for the 1%
Hear from a formerly incarcerated community leader about the financial services challenges justice-involved people face and what First Step Alliance is doing to change the narrative.
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