HOUSTON (Aug. 7, 2017) – The newly opened United Way THRIVE Center at Waller will provide area residents with free, comprehensive financial and employment assistance services at one convenient location. The center is a component of United Way THRIVE, a collaborative approach to financial stability that helps families and individuals build stronger financial futures by acquiring skills and education, obtaining better jobs and developing good financial habits. Three THRIVE coaches will be onsite at the Center in Waller County to provide financial and employment coaching, education and vocational training opportunities and screening for public benefits. Free financial and job readiness workshops will take place on the second Thursday of each month covering topics such as defining career goals, understanding credit and gaining control of your money. “For many people, starting on the path to financial stability can often seem daunting and unattainable,” said Melinda Garcia, senior manager of community impact for United Way of Greater Houston. “Through the United Way THRIVE Center at Waller, all you need to do is show up. From there, our trained THRIVE coaches will give you the tools to plan your financial future.” United Way THRIVE’s collaborative approach leverages more than 20 nonprofit partners and partnerships with employers, community colleges and financial institutions to provide families with the most comprehensive resources and support to reach financial independence. Since 2009, more than 65,000 families have been put on the path to financial stability thanks to United Way THRIVE. Those interested in learning about United Way THRIVE can attend orientation sessions that are held at the THRIVE Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information and to register for an upcoming orientation, call (281) 822-4200. United Way of Greater Houston also operates THRIVE Centers in Fort Bend and the Bay Area. About United Way of Greater Houston For more than 95 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues and making a lasting difference. Last year, United Way of Greater Houston touched the lives of nearly 2 million of our neighbors in the Bay Area and in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community, changing Houston for good. For more information, please visit, http://unitedwayhouston.org. ;