Financial Empowerment Center

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Who Is It For?

The Financial Empowerment Center is open to all Central Ohio residents.


Free, professional, one-on-one, financial counseling as a public service to empower you in pursuit of your goals.


Sessions with an FEC counselor are one-on-one and personal client data is not shared.

What To Expect

Currently, Financial Empowerment Center appointments are virtual.

Your counselor will work with you to:

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Decrease Debt

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Improve your credit score

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Manage a safe and affordable bank account

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Learn effective savings behaviors

How to Schedule and Prepare for Your First Appointment

  • Complete your intake on the Wayfynder portal and we will contact you to schedule an appointment with one of our financial counselors.
  • Gather any pay stubs, bank account information, tax returns that might help you explain your finances and goals to your counselor.
  • Attend your first session online. Your counselor can pull your credit for FREE and help you build a plan to tackle your financial goals.
  • Then start working on the plan you made with the counselor and schedule a follow-up appointment to keep working toward that goal!


Connect with Services

Connect with us through Wayfynder, via app or web browser, or contact us by phone at 614- 237-9675.

Meet the Financial Counselors

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Antonie French graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Public Health. She is passionate about serving the community and connecting with individuals from all walks of life to create change. Her favorite part about financial counseling is allowing individuals to tell their own stories and helping them build a healthy relationship with their finances.
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Tami Saunders is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Sociology. She has a long history of coaching individuals to navigate challenging circumstances successfully. Tami is passionate about empowering her clients with the building block of financial wellness in order to enrich their lives.
Headshot of Marcia Slekitis
Marcia Slekitis earned her MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University. She brings a strong level of compassion and years of experience in counseling and coaching individuals through positive connections. Marcia is an organized and empathetic professional who is passionate about helping people meet their financial goals. She speaks Brazilian Portuguese, English, and intermediate level Spanish.

The Financial Empowerment Center is a collaborative partnership between the City of Columbus and Jewish Family Services.

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Get in Touch

Ebner Building
1070 College Avenue
Columbus, OH 43209

Call Us: (614) 231-1890

Connect With Services

 By phone at  614-237-9675

or via app or web browser:

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