December 19, 2019 by Administrator

Employees to Be Offered Free Resources and Strategy to Achieve and Sustain Financial Stability


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This week, dfree®, the financial freedom organization that has unprecedentedly aided 10,000 individuals nationwide in paying down more than $23 million of consumer debt through its Billion Dollar Challenge initiative, has announced its partnership with RWJ Barnabas Health (RWJBH) to provide content and curriculum for the health system’s more than 34,000 employees. Founded by former New Jersey Secretary of State Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., dfree® uses a variety of tools to educate, motivate and support people who make the choice to achieve and sustain financial freedom.


“The opportunity to help this magnitude of people free themselves from financial burden and reclaim their lives is truly remarkable,” said Soaries, who has written books and given speeches about how he overcame his own struggles with paycheck-to-paycheck living. “The dfree® Program perfectly pairs with businesses to empower people economically on all pay scales.”


New Jersey is among the top ten most expensive places to live in the country. In fact, according to a 2018 report, 41 percent of New Jersey households are considered among the “working poor,” meaning they struggle to afford basic necessities like food, healthcare, transportation and housing. As the largest private employer in the state of New Jersey, RWJBH is committed to ensuring that its employees are equipped to manage their lives, families, and create financial stability at all levels.


“We are excited about our partnership with dfree and look forward to our continued efforts to build more equitable, economically stable, and healthier communities together,” said Michellene Davis, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer at RWJBarnabas Health who drives the system’s Social Impact and Community Investment Practice.


Available confidentially online through the dfree® Online Academy, RWJBH employees will have a customized experience of the dfree® 12-Step Course in which they’ll be able to take at their own pace with complimentary access to the core dfree® content, materials and additional resources.


Based in Somerset, dfree® is a transformational lifestyle movement that promotes financial freedom through value-based principles and practical approaches to financial management. Since its inception in 2005, the dfree® movement has grown globally and is used by more than 4,000 churches and 200,000 individuals. dfree® empowers churches, community organizations, corporations and individuals to lead richer lives by improving how they think about and manage money.


The course is available now to all RWJ Barnabas Health employees and is completely free. For more information about dfree®, please visit



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