Santa Havener – Augusta

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Santa Havener at work as Assistant Director at Bridging the Gap in Augusta, Maine

Santa Havener is a student in UMA’s Mental Health and Human Services degree program. She also works as Assistant Director at Bridging the Gap in Augusta, where she enjoys helping community members on a daily basis.

Setting Money Goals

Santa completed My Money Works in the Spring of 2016 to learn more about budgeting her money. One of the goals she set in the class was to develop an emergency savings account. Following the class, Santa opened a Rainy Day Savings Account with support from New Ventures Maine. Over the next 6 months, she saved $300 in her RDSA.

Preparing for Emergencies

Over the last year, Santa has used portions of her savings twice for emergency repairs to her vehicle. Her savings was matched dollar-for-dollar. Santa’s remaining account balance will be matched when another unexpected expense arises.

“As you can imagine, being a single mother, taking college courses and working part-time, the amount of funds I have to work with each month is very limited,” explains Santa. “I live paycheck to paycheck and never have much room for an emergency. With my Rainy Day Savings Account, my car repairs did not feel like emergencies.”

Next Steps

Santa’s next goal is to apply for a Family Development account, which would provide a 4:1 match on her savings.  With this account, she hopes to be able to save for larger unexpected expenses.

“This saving habit all started with taking My Money Works, which got me moving in a really good direction,” says Santa. “I would recommend the class to anyone in the community who is trying to make ends meet.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Budgeting Basics2018-04-25 April 25, 2018Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
Clean Up Your Credit2018-04-26 April 26, 2018Manage your MoneyCaribouNorthern
Clean Up Your Credit2018-05-02 May 02, 2018Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
My Money Works2018-03-28 March 28, 2018
(ends May 02, 2018)
Manage your MoneySacoSouthern
My Money Works2018-04-03 April 03, 2018
(ends May 08, 2018)
Manage your MoneyAugustaCentral
Your Money Personality2018-05-09 May 09, 2018Manage your MoneyMexicoWestern
Budgeting Basics2018-05-14 May 14, 2018Manage your MoneyEast MillinocketNorth Central/Downeast
My Money Works2018-04-26 April 26, 2018
(ends May 17, 2018)
Manage your MoneyBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Budgeting Basics2018-05-17 May 17, 2018Manage your MoneyWatervilleCentral
My Money Works2018-04-24 April 24, 2018
(ends May 22, 2018)
Manage your MoneyFarmingtonWestern
My Money Works2018-05-02 May 02, 2018
(ends May 23, 2018)
Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
Clean Up Your Credit2018-05-24 May 24, 2018Manage your MoneyWatervilleCentral
My Money Works2018-04-27 April 27, 2018
(ends May 25, 2018)
Manage your MoneySouth PortlandSouthern
My Money Works2018-05-01 May 01, 2018
(ends May 29, 2018)
Manage your MoneyPresque IsleNorthern
My Money Works2018-06-05 June 05, 2018
(ends June 26, 2018)
Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide