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The holiday season can bring on a lot of sources of stress, and maybe none bigger than the financial stress we feel to provide a great Christmas for those closest to us.
 
For one local organization, they are hoping to help people get a handle on their finances so that can be one less source of stress for the holiday season. Alison Rumler-Gomez is the Executive Director of Community Action and indicates they want to help give people a hand-up with their finances through their programming.
 
 
Rumer-Gomez says tough times can be a very trying time, especially during the holidays. Families need to make tough decisions while also desiring to provide a great Christmas for their families. She notes, sometimes it's thoughtful gifts that can be the most memorable.
 
 
In trying to help people get themselves back on better footing financially, Rumler-Gomez says they see firsthand the emotional change in the relationship between people and their money.
 
 
Getting good, sound principals in place is something some people might want to put off until after the Christmas holiday, but Rumler-Gomez says there's always going to be something that forces you to put off getting started in that journey.
 
 
Programs through Community Action are free but there is some income-eligibility requirements. 
 
Rumler-Gomez says they most often times are able to reach people through their Head Start programming or LIHEAP energy assistance program.
 
To get more information about the Financial Literacy programming through Community Action, contact their Lincoln office at 217-732-2159.

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