Financial Opportunity Center providing financial stability for Toledoans

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - ProMedica is helping people through its Financial Opportunity Center at the Ebeid Institute.

Dozens of people have received support from financial coaches since its launch in 2016. One recipient is Michael Elliott.

Elliott said he was homeless for a few years.

"Well, I did some time in prison," Elliott said. "I got out and stayed at the Cherry Street Mission for awhile. Then I had some jobs and lost them and became homeless once again."

Elliott didn't know after years of living outside his life was about to change once he walked through the doors of the Ebeid Institute. On the second floor is where he found the FOC.

Elliott met with Michelle Gorsuch, who saw he was in dire need of financial stability. Gorsuch became his financial coach.

"The first time he came in he just looked at me and told me he was homeless," said Gorsuch. "He was struggling and it was very obvious."

With the help of the FOC and other community resources, Elliott went from living in the cold to having his own apartment.

"He's still a year later following through with me and he's saving money now. He's opened up credit. He's got utilities. He's just managing living very well," said Gorsuch.

The program provides resources, training and assistance for anyone in the community.

The FOC is on the second floor of the Ebeid Institute at 1806 Madison Ave. in Toledo.