#MyFreedomDebtStory: The Story, the Contest, the Winners

#MyFreedomDebtStory: The Story, the Contest, the Winners

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Aimee Bennett / Business communications consultant

January 11, 2022

#MyFreedomDebtStory: The Story, the Contest, and the Winners 2021
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What a year!

Around the country and around the world, everyone has been adapting to a “new normal.” Amid all the changes and adjustments, we’re celebrating! It’s time again to honor some of the best and brightest stories of clients who’ve paid off all the debt they enrolled in the Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) program.  

It has been our privilege to help our clients move forward and toward a brighter financial future. To bring some of their inspiring stories to light, we asked program “graduates” to submit videos summarizing their experiences in the program. With great difficulty, we selected five winners to receive $5,000 each, to help them toward their next financial goal. Join us in celebrating the winners of the Second Annual #MyFreedomDebtStory contest!

The Contest

The goal of the #MyFreedomDebtStory contest was to hear real stories from real clients who graduated from our program, in their words, about their experiences in the Freedom Debt Relief program. We invited our graduates to submit short videos and confirmed that each submission was from a FDR graduate.

Our panel of judges – six experienced professionals from the Freedom team – reviewed and evaluated each video, using a specific set of criteria and an objective point system. Key criteria we looked for included:

  • Adherence to theme: How FDR helped in addressing the client’s debt and moving their finances forward 

  • Content: Compelling elaboration around aspects of the program that were particularly helpful and relevant for the client

  • Tone: Authenticity, depth of genuine feeling, ability to inspire others

  • Video production and quality, including clear audio and articulation

We’ve been absolutely stunned by the heartfelt stories, gratitude and emotion our graduates conveyed in the videos…and hope you will feel the same. Learn more about these moving stories, and watch their videos, below.

The Winners

Kevin C.

Kevin C: “When I did all my research, FDR was the best solution… I was able to talk with a human, someone who actually cared.” 

As an actor, personal trainer, narrator and special-events presenter in Los Angeles, Kevin is a gig worker. He is paid not through a salary, but for the individual jobs he does. “That’s where the debt story starts,” he explains. While his bills came in consistently, his jobs and income didn’t, and debt accumulated. After exhausting all other means, he did his research and contacted FDR. “It was extreme stress relief, and an extremely easy process. I just had to make one payment a month in a program that was customized to what I could afford.” 

Donna H.

Donna H: “They (Freedom Debt Relief) will work with you. They don’t let go. They hold you through the whole process.”

The North Carolina resident thought she had lost everything. “I had lost my job, I was living off credit cards and I was in debt up to my eyeballs.” Wanting to avoid filing for bankruptcy, she called FDR after reading about the program. She found the agent that day – and every day she called – helpful and hopeful. “It was a joy talking to them. I looked forward to it.” Donna says she was done before she knew it. “It was a glorious day!” 

Luis M.

Luis M: “Lo and behold, it worked.”

Luis, from New Rochelle, New York, had just two years left to retire – and was in over his head in debt. “That was a burden I didn’t want when I was retired.” FDR was the opportunity he was seeking to find his way out. “They took me through, step by step, with no hassles.” Today, Luis is retired – and glad he went with the FDR program.

Annette G.

Annette G: “I found compassion, understanding – and a plan.”

In 2016, Annette, a dental professional in Idaho, felt paralyzed, depressed and lethargic. All she could think about was the debt hanging over her head. “I felt I had no options; there was nothing left.” She says she’ll never forget the relief she felt after making her first call to FDR, and how much different her life is today. “It never would have happened had I not made that call. I am so grateful for FDR.”

Melissa N.

Melissa N: “I finally could see a light at the end of the tunnel!”

Now retired in North Carolina, the former engineer calls herself a “closet debtor.” Living in New York, Melissa had been working in a lucrative position, and thought she was managing her debt. Instead, she found herself getting deeper and deeper into debt. She kept it to herself; her family, friends and even her children didn’t know about her situation. Feeling “stupid, embarrassed, debilitated and frustrated,” she contacted FDR, and with increased confidence, began the program. “FDR was so helpful and resourceful,” she says. “And after 40 months, I paid off my debt. I had debt relief and stress relief.”

Will Your Story be Next?

Can you relate to where these winners started out, burdened by debt? If so, you’re definitely not alone; and we’re here to help. No matter what your situation, we’ll listen to you and treat you with respect, empathy, and understanding.

When you’re ready to put your debt behind you, Freedom is here, doing what we do best. We hope you’ll be the one sharing the next #MyFreedomDebtStory.

*Disclaimer: The stories told here came from actual graduates of the FDR program and represent their own experiences with Freedom Debt Relief. The graduate’s endorsement is a paid testimonial. Individual results are not typical and will vary.

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Aimee Bennett / Business communications consultant

Aimee Bennett is a communications consultant for Freedom Financial Network. She’s passionate about marrying business with communications, making often-complex personal finance topics easy to understand through clear, concise and accurate language. When she’s not at her desk working with words and grammar, you’ll find her on her bike, in the pool, on a ballroom dance floor or teaching English as a Second Language.