About the Elder Financial Safety Center

The Elder Financial Safety Center, a public safety project made possible by the W.W. Caruth, Jr., Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas, was launched in May of 2014 as the first of its kind in the nation to address the financial security of older adults through prevention, protection and prosecution services. Our vision is to ensure every older adult lives in a safe community with the financial resource to securely age with dignity.

We focus on Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution.

Prevention

Prevention from too little income and too much debt, as well as frauds and scams through:

  • Career Services
  • Financial Coaching
  • Benefits Assistance
  • Money Management
  • Budgeting
  • Insurance Counseling
  • Filing a Fraud Complaint
  • Debt Management

Protection

Protection for those vulnerable who are struggling to manage their daily affairs and are commonly exposed to financial predators.

Prosecution

Prosecution for cases involving the exploitation and abuse of elderly victims, Specialized investigators are dedicated solely to ensuring justice is achieved through the prosecution of financial crimes.

Employment Services

Looking for a job? The employment search can pose big challenges for older jobseekers. If you’ve been out of the job-hunting market for a while, you’ll soon learn that everything has changed. On the other hand, more and more employers are realizing that older employees have much to offer, including experience and reliability. Once you understand what hiring managers look for and how they choose employees today, you’ll maximize your chances. With the right tools, you can be successful!

Our employment services help jobseekers (50 and up) to connect with employers and present their best selves.

  • Job fairs, hiring events, and job leads with employers eager to hire people age 50+
  • Resume assistance to help you land an interview
  • Interviewing tips and “rehearsals” to make the best possible impression
  • Personal “commercials” – a concise pitch to help you stand out when networking
  • Computer classes, from the basics to Microsoft Office
  • Special seminars with the latest insider tips from hiring professionals
  • Career coaching tailored to your needs (currently offered via phone, email or Zoom)

Currently, we are offering our services virtually. Many of our seminars are available online and via live video call.

Frauds and Scams Help

Financial fraud occurs every 15 seconds. At the Elder Financial Safety Center, we provide education, resources, and tools to help you prevent financial fraud and protect yourself from scams.

Scammers are sophisticated and use minimal details they can find about you online, from your mail, or someone you know to make up stories and scenarios that seem real or possible to get you to fall for their scam.

We answer these questions and more:

  • I received a call from the IRS or FBI – should I be concerned? What do I do next?
  • I received a letter in the mail stating if I send a processing fee, I will receive a reward check for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Should I pay the processing fee?
  • I received an email about an error processing an online purchase I did not make, and I need to call right away to update my bank card information if I want to complete the purchase.  Should I call to make sure I do not get charged?
  • Will I ever win a foreign lottery?
  • My bank called to alert me to fraudulent activity and asked me to verify my account, routing, and social security numbers. Should I give them the information they should already have?
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