Class Hosted by Overcoming Church Reduces Debt by $230,000+, Saves $57,500+
dfree® Financial Freedom Curriculum Makes Impact on Indianapolis
On Thursday, Aug. 8, 49 Indianapolis community members walked across the stage and steps closer to a life-changing goal of financial freedom thanks to the 12-week dfree® class facilitated by Overcoming Church (OCC).
Spearheaded by Senior Pastor Bruce Farr and Executive Pastor Loretta Farr, OCC exceeded its 2019 combined debt reduction goal by more than 203 percent—resulting in approximately $230,643 vin debt reduction. The class also accomplished a combined increase in savings of $57,595. This was OCC’s fourth year hosting the program.
“dfree® revolutionized how I feel, think and act as I revamp financial management and stewardship for my life,” said Lillie Skipwith, a former dfree class participant.
Participants also commended the class’ collaborative environment and support from classmates.
“dfree®’s learning environment is very conducive to self-improvement,” said Dalaun Williams. “Being surrounded by others with similar goals is inspiring and helps you to better focus on your own.”
Also during Thursday’s ceremony, attendees heard of the program’s impact from the graduates themselves. Several community leaders were on hand to recognize the dfree graduates including Gloria Crawford, vice president and office manager of Lake City Bank’s Indianapolis Clearwater branch, Willie Roper, Indianapolis Urban League Board Chair, and SBA Indiana Deputy District Director Martin Anderson.
Church leaders shared that this success wouldn’t be possible without community partners including Lake City Bank and the Marion County Prosecutor’s office.
OCC’s dfree 12-week class began on Feb. 7 and was divided into four levels: “Getting Started,” “Gaining Control,” “Getting Ahead” and “Giving Back.” In the first level, participants addressed their current financial state and clearly defined their life goals.
In level two, participants put these goals into action with the guidance of skilled facilitators. They created a spending plan, set milestones to financial freedom and were held accountable by their community of classmates.
“The presenters excel in their particular areas,” said Skipwith. “They come with valuable information, incentives and additional opportunities to aid in the dfree journey.”
In level three, participants learned how to “maximize the margins” with methods that allow participants to build wealth, savings and an investment plan, while also minimizing stress through estate planning and other practices.
Level four brought OCC’s dfree class full-circle with the “Giving Back” level. In this final and pivotal level, participants invested in others through tithing, leadership/mentorship and community engagement. They were also charged to “Impact the Culture” by setting daily examples, pointing others to financial freedom and becoming a trained dfree class facilitator.
About Overcoming Church: Overcoming Church (OCC) opened its doors in December of 1992 in a downtown warehouse and has since expanded into a campus setting. Led by Senior Pastor Bruce Farr and Executive Pastor Loretta Farr, OCC is a thriving ministry growing to meet the needs of its surrounding community. OCC is a multi-cultural, non-denominational church with a passion to reach the lost and a commitment to equip and empower the believer through its 35 ministries along with discipleship groups and a variety of biblical foundational classes. OCC is located at 2203 Columbia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205, and can be found on Facebook at Church Overcoming and Instagram @OvercomingChurch.
About dfree®: Founded in 2005 by DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., dfree® is a financial freedom movement that addresses the cultural, psychological and spiritual influences on financial wellness and offers practical strategies for achieving financial success. As the only faith-based, wealth-building system specifically designed with the black community in mind, dfree® delivers access to financial freedom. dfree® uses a variety of tools to educate, motivate and support people who make the choice to achieve and sustain financial freedom.