Read Austin’s story and then answer the reflection questions that follow.

Austin’s Story

Austin wants to control his money and do his own banking. While he knows how to count money, he does not always understand the value of money. This vulnerability puts him at risk of being taken advantage of or manipulated by others.

Austin takes great pride in using the ATM at the bank. More than once, a dishonest person has convinced him to give them all the money he withdrew. His brother and a friend worked with Austin and the bank staff to find ways to reduce the risk of dishonest people taking advantage of Austin. They arranged for two bank tellers to serve Austin. These tellers support Austin. The tellers know it is okay to ask about it if they see he is not depositing most of his cheque, or to ask if he knows the person when they see him talking to someone. This arrangement has helped Austin with his banking and has also given the bank staff an opportunity to get to know Austin.

Write down your thoughts on the following questions:

How does Austin’s arrangement with the bank follow promising practice for the Community Involvement standard?

What kinds of safeguards discussed in Module 1 are in place with this arrangement?

After you have completed your reflection, review your response with the following suggestions in mind.