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bFACS Opens in Bremen

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bFACS, an acronym for Bremen Financial and Academic Coaching Services LLC, commenced in June 2023. The business, owned by Lori Hoese, provides academic coaching to students in grades six through 12 and tutoring to students in grades kindergarten through 12.

During the 2016-2017 school year, it is estimated that over 8,700 students in Indiana spent more than half of their day learning virtually, according to an Indiana Department of Education report. The growth has continued picking up steam with students learning virtually across the state since schools shut down due to COVID-19.

The pastor of Bourbon United Pentecostal Church recently attended his son’s graduation from a public online Indiana school, where the graduating class size alone was 894 students. This is just one grade from one school! The trend is growing.

bFACS provides support to those learning online. The business offers set hours where students attend a fixed location to focus solely on their studies. Hoese, the business owner and licensed Indiana school teacher in special education and mathematics, provides oversight to these students. Students and parents have a variety of plans they can choose from to support their learning needs. Hoese can help students understand the material in person, brainstorm and organize writing a paper, and oversee that students spend focused time on their schoolwork. This proves beneficial to the working parents who don’t have time or desire to oversee their students’ studies, and to those who feel inadequate to help with tough topics like algebra or biology.

Tutoring services for grades kindergarten through 12 are also available. This service is typically provided on a one-on-one basis, but could occur in a small group as well, if everyone in the group is working on the same goals. Hoese is also insistent on frequent parent communication, which is key to all learners reaching their goals. Hoese’s Bremen Public Schools special-education teaching position for the past four years brought awareness to the need for local tutoring. Numerous emails have been sent among the staff regarding the need for tutors, only to go unanswered because of the increasing time demands of teachers. Teachers, Hoese included, are ready to go home and spend time with their families when the school day is finished, leaving those students unassisted. Tutoring centers like Sylvan Learning of Mishawaka are expensive and time consuming due to the extra drive time.

In the coming months, bFACS will also provide financial coaching. The amount of debt in the U.S. alone is staggering, and with student loan payments resuming, many families are facing a financial crisis. Families struggling to make ends meet may need someone to coach them to financial freedom.

Coaching entails giving people hope by creating a budget, living beyond paycheck to paycheck, walking beside families in the trenches, and changing one behavior at a time. Other families or individuals may have a financial goal in mind but need structure and support to reach that goal. Financial coaching helps people reach their goals, but does not include financial advising like retirement planning and investments.

bFACS meets with students at the Bremen location and at Bourbon United Pentecostal Church.  To discuss how bFACS can help you, call/text 574-387-2446, or email at lhoese@gmail.com.

You can follow bFACS on bFACS@Facebook.LLC.

In addition, ReadyNow Recovery addiction treatment groups utilize the bFACS space every Thursday evening from 6 – 7 PM.  The meetings are led by Angie McClaid and Kaley Stump, who are trained and work in tandem with Teen Challenge.  Angie states “the Bremen outpatient branch of Teen Challenge began in June 2022 out of direction from the Lord.”  The group is equipped to deal with all types of addictions and welcomes individuals of all ages at no cost.  The ReadyNow motto is “when you’re ready, we’re ready.”  

You can go to readynow.org to find out more details and contact information.

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