Dedicated to Your Financial Success

Our Mission

The Credit Counseling Center’s (CCC) mission is to provide the highest quality community based services to individuals and families who are in need of financial literacy through various programs designed to improve money management skills for lifelong independence.

Our Leadership Team

Joan Reading, MSW, President & Founder

Joan Reading, MSW, President & Founder

Joan founded the CCC in 1994. Since then she’s led a dedicated team that acts as a catalyst for economic mobility for every individual and family it serves.

She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she gained her M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work).

In 1989, five years prior to establishing the CCC, Joan started the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley. An active leader in the Bucks County community, Joan donates her time and leadership to various social service organizations including serving on the Housing Continuum of Care Bucks County, Reentry Coalition, Bucks-Montgomery Collaborative, Direct Services Coalition and is proud to collaborate and support United Way of Bucks County and our member agencies.

Paula Powers-Watts, Executive Director

Paula Powers-Watts, Executive Director

In 2021, Paula was named Executive Director of CCC. She joined the organization in 2008 as a Credit Counselor and was quickly promoted to Director of Housing Counseling in 2009. Paula is a firm believer that each and every client is a representation of a family whose lives, financial challenges, and needs are important.

She developed and led the Center’s Foreclosure Prevention; and has partnered with the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Foreclosure Diversion Program.

Previously, Paula served 21 years as an Active Duty Air Force recruiter, leading to the position of Flight Chief. Highly decorated, she has received awards from the Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Board of Directors

Ryan Fuller, Chairman of the Board

GMG Insurance Agency
Langhorne, PA

Anne Berlin, CPA, Treasurer

Consultant
Langhorne, PA

David Breidinger

Breidinger & Associates
Newtown, PA

Bradford Connard

GreenDrop, LLC
Doylestown, PA

Lisa Folks

PNC Bank
Camden, NJ

Andrew Griffin

Curtin & Heefner, Attorneys at Law
Morrisville, PA

Larry Grant – CPA

Aurum Consultants
Newtown, PA

Aret Kalayjian

Univest
Doylestown, PA

Thomas Maclin

C&N Bank
Doylestown, PA

Terri Reif

Penn Community Bank
Doylestown, PA

Anne Slifer, SHRM-SCP

HRCI-SPHR
Ottsville, PA

Michael C. Sullivan, Jr.

Fulton Bank, N.A.
Yardley, PA

Robert Szwajkos

Curtin & Heefner, Attorneys at Law
Morrisville, PA

CCC in the News

 

Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction

Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction

Honoring Joan Reading's retirement & 28 years of service to the center Please join us for our fundraising gala & silent auction honoring Founder and President Joan Reading as she enters retirement to enjoy more time with her family. Joan has spent the past 28...

28 years of history in Bucks County and beyond

 

The history of CCC is a story of evolution and perpetual transformation. Beginning in 1994, CCC has been designed and remodeled over the years in response to the changing needs of consumer’s responsiveness to personnel finance.

Notable Milestones

1994 | The non-profit Credit Counseling Center founded in Richboro, PA. 

2002 | CCC became member agency of United Way of Bucks County

2002 | CCC became accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA) and continues to maintain accreditation.

2004 | CCC is approved by Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to provide housing counseling services including Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program.

2005 | CCC is approved by the Bucks County Department of Community & Business Development to provide homebuyer education and assistance program.

2005 | CCC is approved by the Executive Office for United States Trustees (EOUST) to provide pre-filing bankruptcy counseling and pre-discharge education in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code in all 50 states. 

2007 | CCC is approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to deliver housing counseling services, including Foreclosure Prevention and homebuyer education.

2009 | CCC partners with the Courts of Common Pleas for the County of Bucks, Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program to provide Foreclosure Prevention. 

2014 | CCC named Best Agency by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. 

2020 | CCC contracted with the Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development to provide Cares Foreclosure Prevention Services. 

2022 | CCC approved by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund (PAHAF) to assist Pennsylvania homeowners facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CCC is a nonprofit community service organization which serves families and individuals regardless of race, creed, sex, color or income level. 501(c)(3) 23-2754268

76% of the client we serve are low/moderate income. We collect from our intake forms, documenting address, income, paystubs, credit reports, tax returns, child support, social security, etc. using the HUD Area medium income data for Bucks County, PA to determine LMI.


CCC is not a lending institution. We are guided by a volunteer board from various businesses and professions