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Learn more about our team of Free, Professional, Financial Counselors here!

What do our Financial Counselors do, and how can they help you?

The Racine FEC’s free financial counselors are here to help residents with anything finance-related. They are professionally trained and certified. All the counseling they provide to Racine residents is 100% free, confidential, secure, and one-on-one. They can help you with budgeting, savings, banking, paying down debt, building and improving credit scores, and connecting to services and resources.. Our counselors are also knowledgeable about student loans, retirement accounts, and more. If you’re struggling to pay down debt, dreaming of owning a house, a car, or starting a business, or just looking for more cushion in your monthly budget, the Racine FEC’s free financial counselors are here to help!

Dasheika Kidd-manager

Dasheika Kidd

Program Manager for the FEC and Racine Program Manager for Housing Resources, Inc.

My name is Dasheika Kidd and I am the Program Manager for the new Racine Financial Empowerment Center. I lead a staff of two professionals who are committed to helping city residents build generational wealth through financial counseling and education. I was born and raised in the city of Racine and have always been very passionate about educating my community. I am a third-generation homeowner and was taught at an early age about the importance of education, credit, and homeownership. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Parkside graduating with a double major in May 2002. I am a proud mother and member of the Racine community. I am excited to be a part of this great initiative that will help provide financial stability to our city residents.

Curtis Szymczak

Curtis Szymczak

Financial Counselor

Hello, my name is Curtis Szymczak. I am a financial counselor here at the Financial Empowerment Center in Racine, WI. I have lived my entire life in Racine and want to help my community grow and prosper. My goal is to provide a safe environment to help you to achieve your financial goals and dreams. I look forward to helping all walks of life to achieve their financial goals, dreams, and financial awareness to help strengthen and grow our community for today and tomorrow, together. My background is in community banking, service, and sales. These past experiences and the extensive training I’ve received to be a Financial Counselor have taught me valuable financial lessons that I want to share with those who need it. I look forward to getting to know you, and working towards your financial success.

Xenia Jackson

Xenia Jackson

Bilingual Financial Counselor

My name is Xenia Jackson and I am a Bilingual Financial Counselor for the Racine Financial Empowerment Center. Being born and raised in this community, the City of Racine is home. I am extremely passionate about giving back to my community and empowering people like myself, who come from households with little financial guidance, to achieve their goals. A sense of duty and commitment to my family and my community is what drives me as an individual. I hold an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement. I am a proud girl mom of two amazing athletes! On my days off, I like to spend time with my husband and our children exploring the city or making custom apparel. I am ecstatic to be a part of this invaluable program to bring financial counseling and coaching to the residents of our beautiful city by the lake!

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We're thrilled to have already helped so many City residents, and we want to help more! Help spread the word that the #RacineFEC provides professional, 1:1, confidential financial coaching to all City of Racine residents at NO COST! Make your first appointment today at www.racinefec.org/make-an-appointment or by calling 262-200-0831 #RacineWI #Racinewisconsin #CityofRacine ... See MoreSee Less

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The #RacineFEC's certified financial counselors can help you improve credit, build savings, reduce debt, and take control of your financial future. All completely confidential, 1:1, and FREE. Make your first appointment here www.racinefec.org/make-an-appointment or call 262-200-0831. #RacineWI #RacineWisconsin #CityofRacine
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Halloween might be just around the corner, but you don’t have to be scared about your finances.
The #RacineFECs certified financial counselors can help you improve credit, build savings, reduce debt, and take control of your financial future. All completely confidential, 1:1, and FREE. Make your first appointment here https://www.racinefec.org/make-an-appointment or call 262-200-0831. #RacineWI #RacineWisconsin #CityofRacine