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A group of Spokane, Wash.-area credit unions recognizes International Credit Union Day each year with a combined volunteer effort. The 2022 community project saw 19 credit unions partner with Habitat for Humanity-Spokane to build two families new, affordable homes in East Central Spokane.
“The chance to do a project that involves up to 600 volunteer opportunities really drives home the credit union philosophy of people helping people,” says Debie Keesee, president/CEO at $17.2 million asset Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. “All 19 credit unions coming together cooperatively enables two deserving families to meet Habitat for Humanity’s vision that everyone needs a decent place to live.”
Habitat for Humanity allows people who earn below 80% of the area median income to build their own homes alongside volunteers and enables them to pay an affordable mortgage. The credit unions’ partnership will result in two families purchasing a home during a time in which housing prices have increased significantly. Neither family thought they could afford a home, but they’re planning to move in this winter.
“The partnership with our area credit unions highlights how affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities,” Habitat for Humanity-Spokane CEO Michelle Girardot says. “By these volunteers lifting their hearts and hammers, two families will open the doors to a future of economic mobility and stability.”
Nathan Thomas, Jessica Thomas, and their children will be moving into an American with Disabilities Act-accessible home, which Nathan, a military veteran, requires.
“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us,” Jessica Thomas says. “We have two young kids, and owning a home has been a dream our entire marriage. Thank you to all the volunteers for choosing to use their valuable time this way.”
Kelsey McCarthy, a single mother of three children, will move into the second home.
“Without this program, I would never be able to purchase a house, especially right now,” McCarthy says. “This is a blessing, and I love seeing everyone come out for me and my family.”
The 2022 International Credit Union Day theme is, “empower your financial future with a credit union.”