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Gwen’s Helping Hands, LLC is partnered with CPFCU to provide credit education, financial counseling, budgeting assistance, credit improvement, debt consolidation, debt restructuring, dealing with collection agencies, managing your checking account, qualifying for a mortgage, and establishing credit for the first time or re-establishing credit. Perhaps your credit has changed due to circumstances beyond your control. Gwen’s Helping Hands is here to help you regain control of your finances and plan better for your financial future. Gwendolyn M. Hawkins is a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) with over 20 years experience in the credit union industry.

Take advantage of this free service offered to members of CPFCU by contacting Ms. Hawkins to schedule a confidential appointment either by e-mail at or by calling 312-499-8813.

Tip of the Month


Expecting a tax refund and need some advice on what to do with it?  Maybe you’d like to start a savings account or pay down some debt?  Give Gwen a call and let her help you make the best decision!  


Are you being tempted by credit card offers?  How do you know when you have enough credit cards?

There is no magic number of cards that you should have.  However, it is wise to make sure that you do not fall for the department store cards because they offer discounts on purchases.  This is only good if you plan to pay the bill in full otherwise you are looking at a high interest rate that makes that discount not so great!

Also if you are only making the minimum payment on several credit cards, that may be a sign that you have more debt than you need.  


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  • 1407 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Chicago, IL 60607
  • 312-726-8814