WASHINGTON — Kicking off the American Bankers Association’s annual convention in New Orleans, bankers gathered this weekend for a Habitat for Humanity build for two local families in need.
“This build wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of our members and state association allies,” said Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. “Banks are the backbone of their communities and as demonstrated here today, serve to better communities across the country.”
Both of the homes will go to New Orleans natives, Lynn Breaux and her son, Gage; and Latoure Steward and his daughter, Donesty.
“We’re thrilled to make home ownership a reality for the Breaux and Steward families,” said Corey Carlisle, ABA’s senior vice president of Banker Community Engagement. “We’ve been a part of Habitat builds for over a decade and the novelty never wears off.”
ABA is donating more than $26,000 for general operating support to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity in honor of Dr. Thomas Laired Jones for his 20 years of service to Habitat. “Tom has been the heart and soul of our relationship with Habitat,” said Keating. “With Tom’s help we’ve completed 13 builds nationally and hundreds locally with bankers.” ABA is also developing compliance training for Habitat for Humanity International.
The ABA’s 13th home build was made possible with contributions from America’s Federal Home Loan Banks, a national partner; AHT Insurance, Leesburg, Va.; Bolling Springs MHC, Rutherford, N.J.; Capital One, Richmond, Va.; Columbia Bank MHC; Community Savings Bank, Chicago, Ill.; Dearborn Federal Savings Bank, Dearborn, Mich.; Eureka Savings Bank, La Salle, Ill.; Fifth District Savings Bank; First American Bank and Trust; First Community Bank; First Federal Community Bank SSB, New Orleans, La.; First Financial Banchares, Inc., Abilene, Texas; First Hope Bank, Hope, N.J.; First Waterloo Banchares, Inc., Waterloo, Ill.; FirstBank Holding Company, Lakewood, Colo.; Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company, New Orleans, La.; Louisiana Bankers Association, Baton Rouge, La.; Roselle Savings Bank, Roselle, N.J.; Sooner State Bank, Tuttle, Okla.; SpiritBank, Bristo, Okla.; and Washington State Bank, Washington, La. Supported entirely by donations, this project has been making a difference for 20 years.
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