Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)

As part of United Way of Pueblo County's commitment to programming that provides economic mobility and opportunity for members in our community, we are proud to announce the establishment of the Pueblo Financial Empowerment Center in collaboration with the City of Pueblo and the national Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund).

The Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) offers professional, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching as a free public service to area residents.

United Way is thrilled to be the nonprofit partner providing invaluable support and educational resources that help empower people and families to improve their financial capability, health, and independence.


Convenient co-location partners throughout the community to best serve your needs!

  • Housing Authority of the City of Pueblo - Hyde Park Community Center
  • Mariposa Center for Safety (Administration)
  • Posada
  • Pueblo Community Health Center - Eastside Clinic
  • Pueblo County Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Pueblo Workforce Center

Financial counseling in the FEC model focuses on the areas of banking, credit, debt, and savings – particularly as they affect low-to-moderate income residents. FEC clients generally work on the following counseling activities:

  • General money management
  • Budgeting and reducing expenses.
  • Finding and using safe and affordable banking products
  • Establishing and building credit, and increasing credit scores
  • Decreasing debt and reducing delinquent accounts
  • Building savings and learning effective savings behaviors 

Sometimes, the activities above are financial goals in and of themselves, such as opening a banking account or paying off debt. More often, these activities are stepping-stones towards clients’ larger goals, such as increasing credit score to prepare for homeownership, or building savings to purchase a car.
Clients may come into the FEC with specific goals in mind, such as wanting to learn more about their student loans and an effective repayment strategy, while other clients may just want to complete a general review of their finances to see what is possible to achieve.

Coaches are not investment advisors, lawyers, crisis managers, benefits navigators, or therapists. Coaches should also not be making financial decisions for clients; they can suggest options using their expertise and knowledge of a client’s specific situation.

Meet the FEC Team!

Blake Smith

Blake Smith

Blake is a Pueblo, CO native that loves to work with people in every capacity. Specializing in real estate, you will find a friendly face to guide you on your financial journey no matter where you are at.

Some of Blake’s favorite things to do around town are visit local coffee shops, attend sporting events, or get lost in the library. Blake speaks both English and Spanish.

Join Our Team

Current Openings:

Financial Coach (Social Work/Casework) - Financial Empowerment Center (FEC)

Full-time, open until filled.

 FEC Financial Coaches will be responsible for providing high-quality, compassionate individualized financial education and coaching needed to empower individuals to manage their income and experience financial independence for successful operations of the Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) in partnership with the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund and the City of Pueblo.

The ideal candidate would be dynamic, committed, and bilingual, speaking and writing in English and Spanish, with strong interpersonal skills. This candidate would have a passion for helping others and making a difference, working with clients to evaluate their needs, develop personal goals and provide tools to be successful in building a foundation of financial stability and the opportunity for upward economic mobility. A background in banking or finance is not required, training and a path to financial counseling certification will be provided.  Learn more and apply here.



Contact Information

For more information about the FEC, contact Bianca Hicks, VP Strategic Operations: or 719-225-8580 opt. 7.