Left to right: Media Contact: Kelly-Lynne Scalice, Principal: Pat Henssler, CPA, and CARE Services Director: Marcy Stidum
APRIL 2019. KENNESAW, Ga.— Henssler Financial is helping four graduating seniors at Kennesaw State University with the cost of their cap and gown for the Spring Commencement ceremony.
The financial burden of walking during the commencement ceremony was brought to Henssler’s attention through their work with the Kennesaw State University Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services, which offers support to KSU students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity and/or the foster care system.
“We first learned of their [KSU CARE’s] pantry where students can come once a month for food and toiletries,” said Pat Henssler, Principal at Henssler Financial. “Walking across that stage for a diploma is an accomplishment to be celebrated. But to do that, they have to buy a gown that they’ll never wear again. These are students who are struggling to eat.”
Responding to this need, Henssler Financial purchased four $100 gift cards to the KSU Bookstore, enabling these students to purchase their graduation announcements, cap, gown, medallion, and tassel for the ceremony.
“We have four students that are graduating this spring,” said Marcy Stidum, CARE Director. “Three of these students I recruited and have personally worked with since their senior year in high school. These students have fought against the odds to overcome so many obstacles.”
“Purchasing one-time use graduation regalia is a luxury some of these students can’t afford” added Stidum. “But, the students we help through KSU CARE Services have faced eviction, have had trouble getting enough food to eat from day to day or have ‘aged out’ of the foster care system without the support they need to launch successfully into adulthood.”
About Henssler Financial
With assets under advisement of more than $1.92 billion, as of March 31, 2019, Henssler Financial has been delivering comprehensive financial solutions to its individual, corporate, and institutional clients for more than 30 years. Founded in 1987 by Gene W. Henssler, Ph.D., Henssler Financial provides solutions that incorporate a range of services, including wealth management, financial planning, tax preparation and consulting, small-business retirement planning, and estate planning. The firm also hosts Atlanta’s longest running and most respected money show on radio—“Money Talks”—airing Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. on AM 920 The Answer.
More information on Henssler Financial can be found on the firm’s website, Henssler.com, including important disclosures regarding Henssler Financial and its businesses.
About KSU CARE Services
The Campus Awareness, Resource & Empowerment (CARE) Services offers support to students who are dealing with homelessness or are at risk of being homeless; food insecurity, and/or students previously or currently in foster care. In collaboration with various KSU departments such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Campus Housing, etc., CARE provides case management, access to the campus pantry, personal care items, and assists in accessing temporary and/or permanent housing.
Lastly, through EMBARK, CARE serves as the University System of Georgia Designated Single Point of Contact (DPOC) for homeless and foster care students.
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Media Contact: Kelly-Lynne Scalice · [email protected] · 678-797-3781