Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

Love, to me, is community—a sense of belonging and familiarity. Be it your family, friends, pets or all of the above, love is grounded in the idea that you wish the best for others and actively work to care for them and their needs.

I’ve found a community with the Enable Savings Plan Alabama. Since joining First National Bank of Omaha as the Enable Outreach Specialist in 2017, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with our Account Owners and partners to develop relationships that extend beyond discussions of finances and savings. We’ve delved into dreams for the future, the joys—and sometimes hardships—of everyday life and have celebrated milestones ranging from savings goals to birthdays and graduations.

The bonds that I have formed through working alongside our Account Owners and the disability community continually inspire and motivate me. In my time with Enable Alabama, it has been a joy to meet so many Account Owners and families, and to do my part to help them on their path towards financial independence.

One of the most heart-warming aspects of my job is that I am able to meet potential Account Owners in person. Oftentimes, after giving a presentation on Enable Alabama, I have the opportunity to spend quality time with individuals considering enrolling in the Plan. These interactions have helped me excel at my job and provided me with the tools to better communicate the needs of our Account Owners to the Enable Alabama team. More broadly, these face-to-face meetings help to cultivate trust and build relationships. Finances are a very personal matter, and meeting Account Owners in person allows us to address specific needs and goals with care, confidence and clarity.

All in all, what makes Enable Alabama so special is those we share it with; the Account Owners I work alongside each day, my colleagues who possess an unending desire to help and the fabulous organizations we coordinate with for programming all make up a community comprised of compassionate individuals aiming to lift each other up.

At Enable Alabama, we work to empower our community of Account Owners with the tools to achieve financial stability and afford daily necessities so that they can live life to the fullest. From tax-free earnings on investments to easy contributions, we make it our ultimate aim to provide individuals with the ability to save without compromising access to vital benefits like SNAP, Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.

I am grateful to be a part of this community and am looking forward to welcoming many more individuals to the Enable Alabama family in the future. If you have any questions about the Enable Savings Plan Alabama, please reach out to me at dstewart@fnni.com or 402-602-3596.