FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Clients shared their personal journeys of being divorced with children to finding financial independence; learning credit cards should not be a way of life; and scammed by crooks to finding freedom from debt.
The national credit counseling agency asked clients to write about how the organization impacted their lives, helped them to live within a budget, or assisted them in achieving a goal.
Linda Diaz of Houston, Texas won first place for her submission: "Desperate to hold on to my house while raising two teenage daughters alone I maxed out my credit cards. I turned to payday loans and the nightmare grew. I didn't know where to turn. I heard about Consolidated Credit and decided to reach out for help. It felt like the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. What a welcome relief.""I am so thankful to the representatives for being so kind to us," writes the second place winner, the Tebbenkamp family of Alma, MO. "They were able to negotiate with our creditors and get us lower interest rates. No longer, do we feel that our life is spinning out of our control. We are beginning to start thinking about saving for our retirement and our children's education. I hope that I can teach my children how to have financial freedom." "Client stories are great to share with others who may be facing a similar situations and are unaware that there is help available. We want people to know that they are not alone," said Howard Dvorkin, CPA and founder of Consolidated Credit. Alan Hogan of Rowlett, TX told his story, "I lost my job as a well-paid systems analyst. My world crashed. I tried to downsize, but I kept seeing the credit cards maxed out. A co-worker convinced me to get involved in a program to completely eliminate my debt - it was a scam. I lost several thousand dollars and had debt collectors harassing me to no end. You can only imagine how distrusting I would be after being scammed. I decided to do my homework. I took the plunge and had Consolidated Credit to take over my accounts. From the beginning, they explained the program and offered solutions. My life is getting back to normal. Thanks Consolidated Credit, I'm a believer." About: Consolidated Credit is one of the nation's largest credit counseling organizations and has helped over 5 million people. Their mission is to assist families in ending financial crisis and solving money management problems through education and professional counseling. Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Howard S. Dvorkin | http://www.profnetconnect.com/howard_s._dvorkin Media Contact: April Lewis-Parks AParks@ConsolidatedCredit.org - 954-377-9344 SOURCE Consolidated Credit