Prior to joining HOPE, Houston, had been incarcerated for 28 years. Through a partnership between HOPE and Goodwill Industries in Little Rock, AR, Houston started attending HOPE’s financial education classes. HOPE offers financial counseling to help its members learn about budgeting and credit and financial products to meet its members’ needs. After completing the course, Houston joined the credit union and opened both a checking and savings account. He is laying the foundation for a stable financial future.