Taking Care of Ourselves in a Challenging Time

Let's get our money right - and our heads right! - in 2022.

Taking Care of Ourselves in a Challenging Time

Let's get our money right - and our heads right! - in 2022.

Below you’ll find the workshops that UHW currently offers to members. We’re always adding more, so check back regularly for updates. All workshops will be held over Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Have an idea for a workshop we aren’t offering yet? Let us know!

Empty Wallet? Manage Your Debt and Build Your Credit  / ¿Billetera vacía? Administre su Deuda y Desarrolle su Crédito 
Workshop with IRC

If you have a lot of debt, you’re not alone. Last year, Americans hit a new debt record of $14.6 trillion (yes, with a T), with an unequal portion falling on younger people, women, and communities of color. In this workshop, you will learn the five things that influence a credit score, how to prioritize debt, and how to use tools like debt management calculators and credit building loans to improve your credit. Anyone who attends this session will be eligible for one-on-one counseling with financial advisors. Workshop available in English and Spanish.

Traducción al español disponible. Si tiene muchas deudas, usted no es el único. El año pasado, los estadounidenses alcanzaron un nuevo récord de deuda de $14.6 trillones de dólares (sí, con una T), con una porción desigual que recae en las personas más jóvenes, las mujeres y las comunidades de color. En este taller, aprenderá las cinco cosas que influyen en el puntaje de crédito, cómo priorizar las deudas y cómo usar herramientas como calculadoras de administración de deudas y préstamos que ayudan a crear su crédito para mejorarlo. Cualquier persona que asista a esta sesión será elegible para recibir asesoramiento individual con asesores financieros.
RSVP – Wednesday, May 18th, 12pm-2pm

Kaiser Retiree Medical Benefits
This workshop is FULL! Please check back for future sessions.
Unsure what medical benefits you’ll have available to you when you retire? SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan is here to tell you what exactly is in your Kaiser medical benefit plan. Ask any questions you have – no matter how foolish you think they might be! – and educate yourself about this amazing benefit.
Wednesday, May 18th, 6-8pm

Futuro Health Orientation
Orientation with SEIU-UHW Futuro Health Leaders

It’s been 2 years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and healthcare employers are still failing to adequately staff our hospitals. We need more healthcare workers, now. As SEIU-UHW members, we can provide our friends and family with a tuition-free education for a healthcare career, while building the workforce of the future we desperately need in the healthcare industry.
RSVP – Wednesday, May 18th, 6pm – 7:30pm
RSVP – Wednesday, May 25th, 6pm – 7:30pm

Are You Financially Healthy?
Workshop with Balance

In this workshop you will understand what it means to be financially healthy–which is so much more than the one score everyone asks you about today–your credit score. True financial health is based on four key components: Spend, Save, Borrow, and Plan. You’ll also get a chance to confidentially determine your own Financial Health Score and the steps you can take to improve that score.
RSVP – Tuesday, May 17th, 11:30am-12:30pm

Set and Achieve Financial Goals / Establezca y Alcance Metas Financieras 
Workshop with IRC

Securing your financial future can feel overwhelming. But even a small amount of planning can help you set yourself up for financial success for years to come. Experts from the IRC will teach the seven “baby steps” to financial freedom, rules for budgeting, how to talk finances with your spouse, and more. Anyone who attends this session will be eligible for one-on-one counseling with financial advisors.

Traducción al español disponible. Asegurar su futuro financiero puede ser abrumador. Sin embargo, incluso una pequeña cantidad de planificación puede ayudarle a prepararse para el éxito financiero hasta los años venideros. Los expertos del IRC impartirán clases sobre los siete “pequeños pasos” hacia la libertad financiera, reglas para los presupuestos, cómo hablar de finanzas con su cónyuge y más. (Cualquier persona que asista a esta sesión será elegible para recibir asesoramiento individual con asesores financieros).
RSVP – Wednesday, May 25th, 6pm – 8pm

Caring for Caregivers Facilitation Training
Workshop with Dr. Joi K. Madison

This training is designed to inform, equip and empower healthcare workers with insight and tools that promote emotional well-being as well as offer facilitation tips for how to share this these resources with peers, colleagues, and loved ones. Participants will learn exercises for coping with challenging scenarios as well as activities for cultivating happiness, joy, and hope. Once complete, you’ll have access to a library of resources that covers a range of mental and emotional wellness topics and the confidence to know which skills to use in any given situation.

Space is limited to the first 25 members who sign up!
RSVP – Friday, May 27, 9:30am-4:30pm

Futuro Health Orientation
Orientation with SEIU-UHW Futuro Health Leaders

It’s been 2 years since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and healthcare employers are still failing to adequately staff our hospitals. We need more healthcare workers, now. As SEIU-UHW members, we can provide our friends and family with a tuition-free education for a healthcare career, while building the workforce of the future we desperately need in the healthcare industry.
RSVP – Wednesday, June 1, 6pm – 7:30pm
RSVP – Saturday, June 11, 11am-12:30pm
RSVP – Wednesday, June 15, 6pm – 7:30pm
RSVP – Wednesday, June 22, 6pm – 7:30pm

Set and Achieve Financial Goals / Establezca y Alcance Metas Financieras 
Workshop with IRC

Securing your financial future can feel overwhelming. But even a small amount of planning can help you set yourself up for financial success for years to come. Experts from the IRC will teach the seven “baby steps” to financial freedom, rules for budgeting, how to talk finances with your spouse, and more. Anyone who attends this session will be eligible for one-on-one counseling with financial advisors.

Traducción al español disponible. Asegurar su futuro financiero puede ser abrumador. Sin embargo, incluso una pequeña cantidad de planificación puede ayudarle a prepararse para el éxito financiero hasta los años venideros. Los expertos del IRC impartirán clases sobre los siete “pequeños pasos” hacia la libertad financiera, reglas para los presupuestos, cómo hablar de finanzas con su cónyuge y más. (Cualquier persona que asista a esta sesión será elegible para recibir asesoramiento individual con asesores financieros).
RSVP – Wednesday, June 1, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports
Workshop with Balance

Credit report scores hold a lot of power—they can help buy that first home but can also take away financial opportunities. This session provides an overview of credit bureaus, credit scoring, guidance to dispute inaccuracies, improving credit scores, and dealing with identity theft and fraud.
RSVP – Tuesday, June 7, 6:30pm-7:30pm
RSVP – Tuesday, June 14, 2:00pm-3:00pm

What’s a Living Trust? What about a Will? Do I Need One?
Workshop with HERA

If we don’t plan for it, we run the risk of leaving our families with confusion, conflict, and expensive taxes and legal fees when we’re gone. Come learn how to protect your loved ones by providing everyone in your life with a guide to your wishes. Workshop participants will be able to work one on one for free with estate planning lawyers to create these documents.
RSVP – Monday, June 13th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Buying a Car? Here’s How to Get a Good Deal 
Workshop with IRC

The stereotype of the sleazy car salesman has some truth to it. In this workshop, you will learn what to ask, what to watch out for, and how to ensure you are getting a good deal on a car in good shape. We’ll also cover auto insurance and how to maintain your car in the future.
RSVP – Wednesday, June 15, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Caring for Caregivers: Part 1
Workshop with Dr. Joi K. Madison

Part one focuses on tuning into your body and learning how to interpret the many signs of stress that may be present the learning tools to cope and manage as well as reverse some of the negative effects of chronic stress.
RSVP – Wednesday, June 15, 6:00-7:30pm

Your Credit Score 
Workshop with Balance

One of the most important numbers consumers have is their credit score: it affects the ability to purchase a home, buy a car, get a credit card, and other financial decisions—but it can also hinder them. This session reviews types of credit scoring models currently used including FICO, Vantage, nontraditional, and bankruptcy risk.
RSVP – Tuesday, June 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm
RSVP – Tuesday, June 28, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Caring for Caregivers: Part 2
Workshop with Dr. Joi K. Madison

Part two is all about recognizing signs of stress in your mood and behavior then learning skills, such as task management and boundary setting, that can support you with being proactive when navigating stressors. By the time you complete this series, you’ll have several tools in your tool kit that will help you feel grounded, find peace and feel confident in your ability to keep going!
RSVP – Wednesday, June 22, 6:00- 7:30pm

Empty Wallet? Manage Your Debt and Build Your Credit  / ¿Billetera vacía? Administre su Deuda y Desarrolle su Crédito 
Workshop with IRC

If you have a lot of debt, you’re not alone. Last year, Americans hit a new debt record of $14.6 trillion (yes, with a T), with an unequal portion falling on younger people, women, and communities of color. In this workshop, you will learn the five things that influence a credit score, how to prioritize debt, and how to use tools like debt management calculators and credit building loans to improve your credit. Anyone who attends this session will be eligible for one-on-one counseling with financial advisors. Workshop available in English and Spanish.

Traducción al español disponible. Si tiene muchas deudas, usted no es el único. El año pasado, los estadounidenses alcanzaron un nuevo récord de deuda de $14.6 trillones de dólares (sí, con una T), con una porción desigual que recae en las personas más jóvenes, las mujeres y las comunidades de color. En este taller, aprenderá las cinco cosas que influyen en el puntaje de crédito, cómo priorizar las deudas y cómo usar herramientas como calculadoras de administración de deudas y préstamos que ayudan a crear su crédito para mejorarlo. Cualquier persona que asista a esta sesión será elegible para recibir asesoramiento individual con asesores financieros.
RSVP – Wednesday, June 29, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Workshops Provided By:

IRC

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas.  We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls. www.rescue.org

Balance

As the nation’s non-profit financial coach for over 50 years, we are dedicated to increasing the financial health of all consumers. We have helped millions of families achieve their financial goals through debt reduction, credit score improvement, budgeting, and homeownership. whybalance.org

HERA (Housing & Economic Rights Advocates)

HERA is a California statewide, not-for-profit legal service and advocacy organization dedicated to helping Californians — particularly those most vulnerable — build a safe, sound financial future, free of discrimination and economic abuses, in all aspects of household financial concerns. We provide free legal services, consumer workshops, training for professionals and community organizing support, create innovative solutions and engage in policy work locally, statewide and nationally. www.heraca.org

Dr. Joi K Madison

Dr. Joi K. Madison, international clarity coach and speaker, has facilitated group workshops and supported individuals and couples spanning four continents. With a trauma-informed approach to emotional intelligence, cultivating self-awareness, considering cultural context, and amplifying client-centered narratives serve as the foundation for Dr. Joi’s work with enhancing and promoting the overall health and well-being of clients across several domains including private, non-profit, and community-based organizations. Such organizations include American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), SoLa Impact, Conill Advertising, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., WalkGood Productions, and more.

 Former owner of Los Angeles based functional fitness company, Eat.Sleep.Sweat., and collegiate All-American athlete, Dr. Joi’s methods highlight and value the importance of the mind-body connection. Her presentation and delivery style is informed by her background as an elite sports coach, mentor to nearly 100 young adults over the course of almost two decades, and experience as a middle school teacher.

 Dr. Joi is also the founder and lead content creator for HealU Academy, an internal platform reserved for graduates of her programs which provides self-guided online courses promoting socio-emotional wellness. In 2020, Dr. Joi further solidified her role as an educator becoming a graduate professor in the department of Marriage and Family Therapy at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology including courses such as Diversity in Family Therapy and Assessments in Marriage and Family Therapy.  

 From 2019-2022, in her role as Program Manager for Sisters Mentally Mobilized at the California Black Women’s Health Project, Dr. Joi was responsible for the design and implementation of curriculum related to increasing awareness, decreasing stigma, and promoting advocacy around issues impacting and impeding the mental health of Black women across the state of California. During this time, over 150 women in Los Angeles County, Oakland/Bay Area, Sacramento, and the Inland Empire functioned as certified Community Mental Health Advocates under her guidance. 

 Dr. Joi currently serves on the board of Color the Water, a non-profit organization intent on reclaiming the history of and representing diversity in surf culture through lessons, education, and media. She continues to seek opportunities to innovate and serve in an effort to contribute to a society which prioritizes the well-being of its citizens. Through curiosity, creativity, and community, she uses every medium at her disposal, from writing to movement to video production, to elaborate on ideas about how to define, assess, and prioritize wellness, for all. 

EDUCATION: California State University Northridge, BSc Kinesiology/Exercise Science, 2006; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), MA Clinical Psychology, 2019; TCSPP, PsyD, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2021.