Agency offers credit counseling at Hudson, St. Paul offices

The FamilyMeans Consumer Credit Counseling Service will add the service by appointment only at offices in Hudson, Wis., and St. Paul, the Stillwater-based agency announced earlier this week.

Persons can make appointments to visit CCCS counselors at FamilyMeans offices on Grand Avenue in St. Paul and in the Vine Street Professional Building in Hudson, according to agency spokeswoman Jennifer Kovacich.

“This is not new,” she said. “We’ve been in St. Paul and Hudson in the past. We’re going back into Hudson because of the (Lift) bridge closing.”

The state Department of Transportation plans to close the Lift Bridge Sept. 10 for about three months to repair the span and lift mechanisms. Kovacich said the bridge closing led agency officials to add credit counseling to existing services offered in Hudson.

“It just made sense to offer the service there,” she said.

CCCS Counselor Eli Snyder will start seeing clients at the FamilyMeans Hudson office Wednesday.

Another CCCS counselor, Sara Cramer, will see clients Tuesdays and Fridays at The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition in St. Paul. Kovacich said Cramer can assist both English- and Spanish-speaking clients.

“We’re excited to provide services in St. Paul and Hudson,” added Jim Kroening, director of FamilyMeans CCCS.

The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition merged with FamilyMeans earlier this year and Kovacich said it is likely that CCCS’s Cramer will remain at that office.

“I see the St. Paul one staying there,” Kovacich said.

Besides the St. Paul and Hudson offices, FamilyMeans offers credit counseling in Stillwater, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Rochester and Eau Claire, Wis.

Clients wanting to make an appointment with a CCCS counselor should call either 651-789-4014 or toll-free at 800-780-2890. A scheduler provides each client with detailed information they need to know, including where the appointment will take place.

Last year, about 2,700 persons sought budget and credit counseling and another 1,450 persons received bankruptcy counseling from FamilyMeans, according to the agency.

FamilyMeans also helped more than 2,400 households repay more than $14 million to local and national creditors through the agency’s debt management program.

FamilyMeans CCCS receives funds from the St. Croix United Way.