Anju Mishra, Certified Counselor with Housing and Consumer Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) has been selected as the Counselor of the Year for 2018 by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC).
In accepting the coveted award given to only one outstanding counselor in the United States, Mishra said, “I work with an excellent team at HCCI and I am humbled and honored to represent counselors everywhere who are helping hard working people from all walks of life budget, reduce debt and build credit so they can be financially stable.”
Marilyn Stanley, Executive Director of HCCI, said, “Anju never rushes a counseling appointment.” Stanley said, “Anju firmly believes that all things are possible with time and consistent commitment to personal goals. Anju is an excellent role model for other counselors as she makes time to follow back with 100 per cent of the clients she counsels to check status, give encouragement, offer tips for staying on track and compliment incremental but important milestones accomplished toward meeting the family’s financial goals.”
NFCC chooses a Counselor of the Year based on counseling expertise and experience, commitment to follow-up with clients, leadership within the community, and skill at providing financial literacy education programs for adults age 16 to over 60. Mishra joined the HCCI staff in 2006 and manages HCCI’s Lawrence office. She is a native of India, immigrating to the United States in 1985 with her husband, Sanjay Mishra, a professor in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. Mishra received a Bachelor of Economics with Honors from the University of Delhi in 1984. She is an active community volunteer, most recently completing a course to be a Certified Applied Suicide Interruption Skills Counselor. She volunteers weekly at Headquarters, a Lawrence based nonprofit. Stanley said, “Anju has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances from all walks of life, all social, education and economic backgrounds.”
HCCI was also awarded a Client of the Year Award by NFCC for counseling provided to a young woman who, at age 29, was able to purchase a home for herself and her two young children through HCCI’s TOTO Home Buyer Program that provides financial counseling addressing credit readiness and also offers down payment assistance up of $3,350 for qualifying prospective home buyers purchasing homes in any Kansas County. Information at HCCI’s website or call 800-383-0217.
Link to a video about Anju Mishra. https://youtu.be/n02pdYN2HWg
About HCCI: HCCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, founded in 1972. HCCI is approved by HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and is licensed and regulated by the Office of the Kansas State Bank Commissioner (CSO License number 0000003). HCCI is funded in part by five United Way agencies (Emporia, Junction City, Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka), by grants from HUD and local governments and private foundations, and by contributions from businesses and individuals.
HCCI is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The Better Business Bureau of the Great Plains named HCCI as the first nonprofit agency in a four-state region to win the BBB Integrity Award for outstanding customer service. HCCI received two national awards in 2018: Counselor of the Year awarded to Anju Mishra, HCCI Certified Counselor since 2006 and “Breadwinner Mom for 2018” awarded to Amanda Valdivia, a Topeka resident participating in HCCI’s award winning TOTO Home Buyer Program. www.hcci-ks.org; 800-383-0217