Financial Coaching

Strengthening Rural Families is proud to be a part of a program with Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments called Stand By Me. Modeled after the successful program in Delaware, Stand By Me offers free financial coaching to anyone in need.

  • Sessions are one-on-one with our trained financial coach.
  • Meet for an hour at a time and for as many times as needed.
  • Meetings will be virtual (video chat or telephone) for the foreseeable future.
  • No income requirements.
  • Completely FREE! Financial coaching has a value of $100 an hour.

How does coaching work?

How does coaching work?

Meeting. Once you get in touch, we’ll find a time that works for both you and the coach. You’ll meet virtually with one of our coaches one-on-one for an hour at a time. We have both English and Spanish-speaking coaches.

Goal setting. Come to your first session with a financial goal, and the coach will help you clarify that goal and what it looks like. For example, if you want to raise your credit score, we can decide how many points you’d like it to increase and an end date to check your score again.

Making an action plan. Together, we’ll make an action plan that works for you and your situation. Potential steps in your action plan could be creating a budget, applying for low-interest credit cards, or contacting a mortgage lender. We can also refer you to community resources if you need more tailored assistance.

Following up. At following sessions, we’ll track your progress and keep you accountable to your plan. Coaches are available to meet as many times as you need in order to fulfill your goal or establish new goals.

What a financial coach does

What a financial coach does

  • Provide encouragement
  • Help with the basics of personal finance
  • Assist in developing and maintaining healthy financial habits
  • Provide accountability
  • Connect you with resources and experts

What a financial coach does NOT do

What a financial coach does NOT do

  • Give legal advice
  • Fill out forms such as the FAFSA or yearly taxes
  • Make recommendations on investments, stocks, or bonds
  • Sell insurance products or plans

What can you achieve with coaching?

What can you achieve with coaching?

Raise your credit score

Build your savings

Lower your debt

Buy a home

Follow a budget

Start a business

The possibilities are endless!

Contact Me Today! Vivana Oquendo Patino,

Questions? Ready to get started? Call Viviana at the SRF office at (541) 929-2535 or by email:

She will coordinate together to find the best time to meet and start you on your journey to financial wellness. Bilingual in Spanish.