St. Louis (KSDK) - After several years of a tough economy, chances are you know someone who's struggling financially. A local woman was brave enough to talk about her financial difficulties and how she regained control.
NEWSCHANNEL 5 CREDIT RESOURCES AND HOTLINE
Donna LaMotte learned it doesn't take long to get thousands of dollars into debt, and she's sorry she didn't deal with it sooner.
"I think someone in my situation already knows they're in trouble but it's what do I do, where do I go?" says LaMotte.
When loans and medical bills approached $9,000, LaMotte knew something had to change. She said for years she was simply afraid, afraid of answering the phone and afraid to seek debt counseling.
"How much you make. How you spend your money, it's very private. When you go to a counselor, the idea of opening up this part of your life to someone else is embarrassing," says LaMotte.
Nick Batten with Clearpoint Credit Counseling.
"It's usually our goal when sitting with our clients and consumers to go over that credit report and discuss with them the problems and issues on that credit report and to work out a solution," says Batten.
LaMotte says, "The two of us sat down and looked over what my debts actually were. What my income was. This is how we're going to deal with it. I am still dealing with it and it's going to take awhile."
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, NewsChannel 5 is hosting a CREDIT HOTLINE and offering CREDIT RESOURCES.