Bridging the Gap Between Social Work and Financial Capability

Bridging the Gap Between Social Work and Financial Capability
July 30, 2015 Prosperity Connection


Congratulations to Sarah Dlugolecki, an Education Specialist, for completing her certificate in Financial Social Work through the Center for Financial Social Work. Sarah completed coursework in many crucial areas such as financial well-being, credit and debit, saving and investing, and integrating financial social work into her current role at Prosperity Connection. This impressive accomplishment only adds to Sarah’s existing credentials and also contributes tremendously to Prosperity Connection’s outreach abilities.

Becoming A Part of Our Team

Sarah came to know Prosperity Connection while completing a portion of her graduate school practicum work at the KIPP Inspire Academy. During her time at KIPP, she worked one-on-one with families to help them become more engaged in their children’s education. Sarah began to notice that the families she was working with often lacked adequate financial literacy skills which hindered a child’s academic success. Sarah reached out to Prosperity Connection in order to access the tools her clients needed to improve their money management skills. After having established a bond with Paul Woodruff, the executive director of Prosperity Connection, She was welcomed to the team when a position became available.

DSC_0047With a drive to empower others through financial freedom, Sarah made a perfect addition to the growing Prosperity Connection team. “What’s truly remarkable is that we know that this is a fight we need to be together on and we are not going to make a difference unless we support each other,” she said of the “family” of co-workers she has come to know so well while working with Prosperity Connection.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

As a social worker, Sarah recognizes the many implications of the work Prosperity Connection is doing and believes the organization is helping to break the cycle of generational poverty and financial illiteracy. “I know that [my work] makes a difference, but I’m doing work that should have been done a long time ago, and should have been something that folks grew up equipped with.  But, as a culture and as a society we have done a lot of wrong to folks who are oppressed.” With this in mind, she helps to empower individuals who do not have adequate access to financial education by combining the skills she acquired from a background in social work with financial coaching techniques.


We are so proud of Sarah and her steadfast dedication to Prosperity Connection. We can’t wait to see what the future holds, especially after earning her Financial Social Work certificate. Congratulations, Sarah! We are so lucky to have you on our team.

By: Maryjoyce Gewalt and Desiree’ Blue