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Iowa bankers help build a house for an Iowa family

Posted October 03, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Johnston

JOHNSTON, Iowa (Oct. 2, 2013) – Iowa bankers help Iowans achieve their dream of homeownership — typically by financing their mortgage loans. This week, 42 Iowa bankers helped one Iowa family get one step closer to their homeownership dream in yet another way by helping to build their home as part of a Habitat for Humanity Panel Build in the parking lot of the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) in Johnston.

“The Iowa Bankers Association has been sponsoring home builds with Habitat for Humanity for nearly a decade,” said John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association. “Our partnership with Habitat is a natural extension of the work of Iowa banks to help Iowans meet their housing needs and obtain home financing. Sponsoring a Habitat build is another valuable and hands-on way to help meet the needs of Iowa families. We’re happy to be a part of it.”

The IBA Habitat Build on Oct. 1, was a “Panel” build, and is unique from a typical Habitat build. The Panel build is a new option provided by Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, where a group of volunteers build the wall panels of an entire home in one day. Volunteers create a frame consisting of interior and exterior wall panels that will be used at a later date to construct a Habitat home for a low-income family.

The following member Iowa banks and business partners provided volunteers for this week’s build:
Bank Iowa, Altoona, Independence, Johnston, and West Des Moines·Community State Bank, Ankeny·Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Winterset· Independence Federal Bank for Savings, Independence  · Info Max Office Systems, Ankeny· Liberty Trust & Savings Bank, Durant· Marco, Inc., Des Moines· Midwest Heritage Bank, Des Moines and West Des Moines· Northwest Bank, Ankeny and West Des Moines· Peoples Trust & Savings Bank, Clive State Bank & Trust Company, Waverly· Wells Fargo, Des Moines

In addition to sponsoring home builds for Habitat for Humanity, the Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation, an affiliate of the Iowa Bankers Association, services 230 loans for Habitat home buyers.

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