Financial advisor helps deaf customers plan for future

This is the time of the year to make resolutions. One of them should be planning your financial future.
January 4, 2014 7:40:22 AM PST
This is the time of the year to make resolutions. One of them should be planning your financial future, which includes finding the right people who can communicate and understand your needs.

A personal financial crisis changed the live of a widow with two babies. Once a social worker who worked with the deaf, she became a financial advisor who works with various of people, including the deaf and hard of hearing community.

"My husband died while I was pregnant, and the, I was the head of household of two boys. My husband didn't even leave any life insurance. So, you never know what's gonna happen in life, and I took that devastation and turned it into you know a very good business," said Janice Goldman-Picker 's company is an Ameriprise Financial planning firm.

Her son, Corey, also works with her.

"We help people protect themselves from the certainty of uncertainties," said Janice. "Most of our clients are people that have had setbacks in their life."

She also works with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

"Our mission is to help deaf people become as confidence and comfortable about their life so they don't feel like victims of just survivors; they feel like they can thrive in life," said Janice. "We just really want to make sure that people with obstacles have that some opportunity to be secure in their financial plan."

Richard Kush is one of Janice's client.

"I worked for 37 years. Enough of work now. I'm retired, enjoying my life," said Richard. "I like to talk with her about investments because she signs. It s easy communication. If the hearing person doesn't talk, then he just has to write, and it's so cumbersome."

"Not that many deaf people do financial investing," Richard added.

Edmund Christianson is another client who been working with Janice for a number of years.

"Not rich, but we're doing fine," Edmund said.

"You never know what could happen, and emergency funds and things that could give you freedom and give you confidence and comfort," Janice said.

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