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Financial Opportunity Center

Financial Opportunity Center


The Financial Opportunity Center (or FOC, formerly Center for Working Families) serves as a hub for all resources provided by the North Lawndale Employment Network. It provides outreach, coaching, and bundles of services to help you reach your economic goals. To learn more about the programs we offer, please watch the short video below.

Our financial coaches provide free credit-building programs including soft pull credit reports, credit report and score analyses, assistance in removing errors from credit reports, and help in establishing a credit history. We also provide free financial education workshops, assistance in enrolling in public aid programs and household budgeting advice.

The FOC program integrates long-term financial coaching into NLEN’s existing services, showing you how to expand your financial education and access credit-building programming. Clients enrolled in two or more FOC services are:

  • 4 times more likely to improve their credit rating

  • 11 times more likely to improve net worth

  • 14 times more likely to improve net income


By adding income supports and financial coaching alongside employment services, the FOC connects residents to the economic mainstream and improves our communities.  

For more information about Financial Literacy and Education, or to set up an appointment with a Financial Coach, please contact 773-638-7070.


View upcoming FOC events at: 


Office Hours 


Resource Room

Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday: (Alumni Day) Closed to the public

Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

All Program Orientation 

Mondays: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Hours of Operation for CEDA Applications:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to Noon

Job Club - Alumni Only

Tuesday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Learn about some of the work being done at NLEN's Financial Opportunity Center.

To learn more about LISC and our work through this partnership, please watch the short video below.

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