CredAbility To Acquire Consumer Credit Counseling Service Assets of Compass of CarolinaFriday, September 24, 2010

National Nonprofit Credit Counseling Organization Expands Offices in Southeast

ATLANTA, GA – CredAbility, one of the leading nonprofit credit counseling and education agencies in the United States, today announced an agreement to acquire the Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) program of Compass of Carolina, a multi-service nonprofit agency based in Greenville, South Carolina.  All other services of Compass of Carolina will remain with Compass.

The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of both organizations.  It will become effective on November 1.

Compass/CCCS has three offices in Greenville, Spartanburg and Greenwood.  Its CCCS program was started in 1971 and provides budget, credit, and pre-filing bankruptcy counseling, debtor education and debt management plans.

“This is exciting news for both organizations.” said Suzanne Boas, president of CredAbility. “We provide many of the same services and share the same values. Combining the Compass/CCCS program with CredAbility will enable us to serve additional clients in the southeast.”

“We are pleased that our CCCS program will join a national nonprofit credit counseling agency that can provide our clients with additional services,” said Thomas Bannister, president of Compass of Carolina. “The addition of CredAbility’s housing counseling services, its 24/7 convenience and its bilingual staff will benefit many residents of upstate South Carolina.”

The three South Carolina offices are in cities that serve approximately 700,000 persons who will now gain access to an organization with more than 300 credit, housing and bankruptcy counselors accessible 24/7 by telephone and Internet, in English and Spanish.

While CredAbility already provides counseling to consumers in all 50 states, this acquisition enables CredAbility to expand its face-to-face counseling offices to a fifth state in the southeast. CredAbility already has 28 offices in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi.