Alysha was tired of being told she couldn't qualify to own a home. She'd tried several times, but no one would take her seriously because of her credit history. She knew she had to change her entire way of thinking about credit. She finally heard about a program being offered at the Minneapolis Urban League and stopped by one day to talk to a counselor. After successfully completing the mandatory financial literacy classes, Alyssa immediately enrolled in the MUL's Realizing the American Dream program for first-time homebuyers. She was coached along on budget planning and management and matched with other resources she would need to be a successful homeowner. Thanks to the nurturing encouragement she received from MUL housing counselor Lynn Kelley and the personalized customer service she received from Associated Bank, Alysha was able to successfully close on her dream home.