Who we are

Founded in 2001 METEC is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that was established to provide economic opportunities for families that live in Peoria, specifically those earning low-to moderate wages. We believe the road to improving ones economic well being, starts with financial literacy. Financial education is the core of every program METEC offers. METEC is a HUD-approved housing counseling supplier with expertise in homeownership and downpayment program administration. Our programs now serve more than seven counties including Peoria, Knox, Tazewell, Stark, Woodford, Mason, and Fulton.


Empowering families and individuals to improve their financial well-being through housing counseling, credit counseling, financial education, and employment preparation.











METEC Staff provide program support to all METEC clients, including housing counseling and administrative support for the smooth functioning of day-to-day operations of the organization. Other program support activities include basic intakes, credit counseling services, financial literacy workshops that include credit and budget, home buying and post purchase. In addition, our staff meet with clients facing foreclosure.

Cheryll Boswell

Cheryll Boswell

Cheryll Boswell has been the Executive Director of METEC-Housing Counseling Resource Center since May 2005. Before joining METEC full-time, Ms. Boswell worked as volunteer conducting credit and money management seminars to address the predatory lending problem in the local community. Her experience in housing began as mortgage representative for CEFCU; one of the largest credit unions in Illinois.

Ms. Boswell is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the organizations operations. Cheryll holds a bachelors of science degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed additional graduate coursework in business administration. She currently serves as Co Chair of Housing Action Illinois, a statewide agency that promotes affordable housing and provides technical assistance to non profit housing counseling agencies and developers in Illinois. She is also involved with several local and statewide organizations that promote civic and social issues.

Fred Stewart

Fred Stewart, Housing Counselor, METEC

Fred Stewart was hired in November 2010 as a housing counselor. Mr. Stewart has a strong background in community outreach and social work. He worked as business development manager for several nonprofit agencies. Fred graduated from Jackson State University. He is responsible for providing loss mitigation, delinquency counseling, conducting monthly credit classes, and offering credit and budget counseling. Since his hiring in November of 2010, Mr. Stewart has completed 40 hours in Neighbor Works training and certifications. Fred has worked as a counselor in a children’s group home. This experience has been extremely useful in providing cultural competencies when dealing with families.

Ebony Jones

Ebony Jones

Ebony Jones is a recent employee. She has training in credit and budget counseling and foreclosure prevention. Ebony offers program support and is presently in the process of obtaining her housing counseling certificate. She also has an extensive background of community involvement and public service.