HOPE Inside Macon-Bibb aims to help people financially

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb County and the non-profit organization Operation HOPE want to help you get your finances in order.

Operation HOPE CEO John Hope Bryant calls it the silver rights movement. Its his effort to improve people’s quality of life by teaching them more about their money.

“It is the reason that you’re having a divorce. It’s the reason why you’re arguing with your spouse. It’s the reason why you’re stressed out over your job. It’s the reason that you are depressed,” said Bryant.

Bryant believes you can turn those money problems into power simply using common sense.

“People don’t know what SCC is, FDIC, swaps, bonds. What’s all that stuff? They assume because [they] don’t understand this, and [they’re] working hard, and [they’re] a good person, and [they] can’t make ends meet, and [they] can’t prosper in [their] life, then this system has to be rigged,” explained Bryant.

Operation HOPE is expanding to Macon-Bibb.

“Stallion’s problem was he couldn’t make change,” said Mayor Robert Reichert during Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Reichert was referring to a drive-in restaurant server he knew when he was a teenager.

“If you gave him a five dollar bill, he would reach in both side pockets and bring out a huge handful of change, and hold it out at the window so that you could pick out what your change was,” recalled Reichert.

The Buck Melton Center’s “HOPE Inside” office aims to make sure no one in Macon-Bibb has to do that again.

“We’re going to help you raise your credit score. We’re going to help you figure out how to become a homeowner and move from being renting to homeowner. We’re going to help you figure out how to get a job and if you can’t get a job, create a job, small business, in entrepreneurship. We’re going to help you take your life back, essentially,” said Bryant.

All HOPE Inside Macon-Bibb’s services are free. It’s open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The organization offers credit and money management workshops at least four times a month. For more information click here.

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