Quick description: “Real Money” is the blog of The Village Financial Resource Center. FRC provides financial guidance, management advice, and consulting to people in a number of communities of North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as online. In short, we help people with money issues.

A little more: The Village Financial Resource Center is a non-profit community service organization that provides confidential financial guidance, counseling, money management education and debt management assistance to consumers. Through it’s Consumer Credit Counseling Service, The Village helps consumers trim their expenses, develop a workable budget, lower their debt payments and repay debts. The Village also offers a credit report reading service, homebuyer education program, and a tenant education program.

Headquartered in Fargo, N.D., The Village Financial Resource Center has offices in Grand Forks, Minot, Bismarck, and Jamestown, N.D., and St. Cloud, Brainerd, and Alexandria, Minn.

The Village Financial Resource Center is a member agency of the National Foundation for Credit Counselors, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest credit counseling organization, and is a program of The Village Family Service Center. The Village is a regional not-for-profit that also provides adoption, unplanned pregnancy, counseling, intensive in-home family based services and the Big Brother Big Sister Program.

To see a Village financial counselor, call 1-800-450-4019.

About The Village Family Service Center: The mission of The Village Family Service Center is to improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families and organizations.

Since 1891, The Village Family Service Center has helped area children and families improve their lives. The Village was founded as the North Dakota Children’s Home Society, a home for orphaned children, and for decades provided a sanctuary for those who often had no other place to go. But times have changed, and we discovered it wasn’t just kids who needed our help.

Today, The Village reaches out to more than 80,000 people every year, and we are constantly adapting our services to meet the needs of modern life. These transformations are ongoing and span a multitude of areas. From individual and family counseling to child care, mentoring and adoption to financial counseling and workplace issues, The Village is a place for all individuals and families regardless of their size, color or creed.

As the definition of family evolves, so do we. And no matter how you define family, at The Village, you will never go it alone

The Village is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Children and Families (COA), licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services, and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc., the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Inc., Alliance for Children and Families, and Big Brothers Big Sisters America.

The Village has offices throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, and serves people nationwide through The Village Business Institute. Thanks to United Way and donor support, The Village services are available at a reduced fee for eligible participants.

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