Debt Settlement Firm Gives "The Gift of Change" To 10 Worthy Families

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A nationwide debt settlement company, headed by a woman who once worried about paying her own bills, has given 10 families $1,000 each. The "Gift of Change" awards assisted worthy families struggling to meet their financial needs in a tough economy.

A 28-year-old blind woman who needs software to enable her computer to speak and a 91-year-old widow who can only afford one meal per day were recipients of a $1,000 "Gift of Change" award from an Irvine debt settlement company.

The two recipients were among 10 people who received the checks from Nationwide Support Services, Inc., one of the oldest and largest debt settlement processing companies. Other recipients include families having difficulty feeding their children, paying medical bills or making a deposit on an apartment. The purpose of the program is to assist worthy families who are struggling to meet financial obligations.

"These individuals were nominated by our employees and then selected by a committee that reviewed each family's needs," said Joanne Garneau, the firm's president. "I understand the feelings of stress and worry their financial situations can cause. At one time in my life, I worried about how to pay my bills. That's why our company motto 'We Change People's Lives' is so important to us."

One of the recipients, Heather Handing, is a Huntington Beach single mother working to support her two daughters. "I was extremely surprised and blessed to be considered. This gift enables me to provide clothes for my girls," she said.

Gloria Camareno of Santa Ana works for minimum wage and struggles to pay bills and feed her children. "This gift will help provide some extra meals for us," she said.

NWSS provides debt negotiation and customer support services to thousands of individuals and families throughout the U.S. The firm's goal is to assist people in achieving a lifestyle that is not burdened by unnecessary debt. They also offer "DebtTalk"TM an online education program teaching consumers about living within their means, the basics of budgeting, spending plans and financial goals to help them achieve financial freedom. NWSS is a charter member of The Association of Debt Settlement Companies (TASC) and has met the "TASC Best Practice Standards" which are nationally recognized standards of quality, service and integrity.

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