Program Director, Financial Advocacy Program
Joined CSS: 1995
Departments & Programs
Rebecca Haase began working for RSVP as the The Advocacy, Counseling and Entitlement Services (ACES) Project Coordinator. She then developed and implemented the Experience Corps as its project director. For three years, Ms Haase worked with CSS’s Public Benefits Resource Center (now Benefits Plus) where she maintained up-to-date information on government benefit programs and provided technical assistance to social service providers. In 2006, Ms. Haase became ACES project director, responsible for training volunteers age 55 and over, to become public benefit counselors in hospitals and community-based agencies.
In 2007, Ms. Haase developed the Financial Coaching Corps which trains volunteers to serve as financial coaches. She is currently program director of the Financial Advocacy Program which includes both the ACES Project and Financial Coaching Corps. In addition to working for CSS, Ms. Haase has eight years of experience working as an elementary school teacher. Ms. Haase has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
“Many people are unaware of the benefits and services to which they are entitled. They get stuck in the maze of the public benefit system. The combined efforts of ACES and the Financial Coaching Corps empower New York City’s low-income workers, making them aware of how to access needed benefits and services, and engage in behaviors such as budgeting, saving, debt management, and asset building, which ensure financial success and future security.”