Rise Economy collaborated with LINC Housing in Los Angeles to offer a financial awareness series aimed at fostering a positive mindset toward money. Initially, participants, including onewe’ll call Gabriela, were skeptical of the workshop’s benefits. The facilitator, Ms. Julia, shared her personal experiences with financial challenges, setting a tone of authenticity and empathy from the start. As the sessions progressed, Gabriela and others opened up about their financial difficulties, such as dealing with debt and the high cost of living in California, especially during the pandemic.

Ms. Julia created a supportive environment, gradually introducing activities that encouraged a positive financial outlook. This approach transformed the workshop’s atmosphere and sparked a broader change within the community. Participants began to replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations, building a supportive network that led to personal growth and even new job opportunities for some, including Gabriela.