Brittney was able to get a job as a Pharmacy Tech earning $70,000 per year, with the help of Restoration. When COVID hit, she was laid off and ran up some debt. Restoration was there again to assist. We helped her and her fiance with an emergency cash grant of $400 and provided support for emergency food. Brittney recently started working again. She and her fiance are going to get married soon. They have one child.
In 2011, Omowale St. Juste came to Restoration's Brooklyn Business Center wanting to start a security business. The Brooklyn Business Center helped Omowale build a strategy to grow his business rapidly and enabled him to qualify for a $1 million line of credit to fund growth. With funding in place, Omowale has expanded his business to over 90 employees with an additional 50+ positions open due to recent demand.
“I have had an absolutely amazing time consulting the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation for business and financial advice. Pilayne helped me to maneuver losing my job, starting a band, building my credit, and purchasing musical instruments! Over the past few months, I have steadily watched my savings account grow as a result of the budgeting tools Pilayne recommended to me. She was even able to refer me to her amazing colleagues at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation who provided me with even more specific information on managing my band as a business. Most importantly, Pilayne has stressed financial independence by creating multiple streams of income which has been thrust to the forefront of my goals. I recommend everyone in Bed-Stuy meets with someone at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation!”
“Hi Pilayne, I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well during these unprecedented times. This is Breanna Johnson, one of your clients from the free financial counseling services at Bed-Stuy Restoration. It’s been awhile since we last communicated, maybe sometime in 2018 (time is flying)?
I wanted to share with you some good news since our last conversation. First, I want to start off by saying thank you so much for encouraging me to pay off my student loans and teaching me how to budget/track my expenses. Your advice helped me to see the light at the end of the financial tunnel. As of recently, I’m officially debt free and I no longer owe money to any businesses or institutions! I was able to make my last payment to my student loans sometime last week and I have no pending credit card bills. It feels so good to be debt free and I’m beginning to explore and learn about investing in stocks/bonds and home buying.
It’s funny as I was hitting the submit button to pay off the bill, I instantly thought of you and how happy you would be to know one of your clients beat their financial goals. Your advice helped me so much and I want to say thank you! Looking forward to hearing from you!"
Celeste, new mom, early recipient of the Restoration COVID-19 Emergency Cash Grant Program
Meet Kharisi, Restoration COVID-19 Emergency Cash Grant Program