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SPOKANE — Two families will soon purchase their new homes in East Central Spokane in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and volunteer support from 19 local credit unions. Taking steps to address the housing crisis, hundreds of credit union volunteers have been working together the past month to make this project possible.

Credit Union Volunteers at the Habitat Job Site
Credit Union Volunteers on the Habitat Job Site in East Central, Spokane.

Nathan and Jessica Thomas will be moving into one of the homes with their children. Nathan, a military veteran, needed a home that is ADA accessible. The Thomases never thought owning a home would be possible.

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us. 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.”

Jessica Thomas – Future Habitat Homeowner

The two homes are expected to be ready this winter. Kelsey McCarthy, a single mother with three children, will be moving into the second home.

“Without this program, I would never be able to purchase a house, especially right now. This is a blessing and I love seeing everyone come out for me and my family.”

Kelsey McCarthy – Future Habitat Homeowner
Kelsey McCarthy and her children cannot wait to move into their affordable Habitat home in East Central, Spokane.

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope by helping families build and improve places to call home. Qualified homebuyers, earning below 80% of the area median income, help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

“The partnership with our area credit unions highlights how affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities,” said Michelle Girardot, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane CEO. “By these volunteers lifting their hearts and hammers, two families will open the doors to a future to economic mobility and stability.”

The cooperative effort among local credit unions honors International Credit Union Day. For seven years, local credit union volunteers have worked side by side on community projects, united in a desire to show up and give back. Debie Keesee helped organize this year’s project as a member of the International Credit Union Day committee.

“The chance to do a project that involves up to 600 volunteer opportunities really drives home the credit union philosophy of people helping people,” said Keesee, president and CEO of 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.” 

This year’s participating credit unions include: Alaska USA Credit Union, Avista Credit Union, BECU, Canopy Credit Union, Cheney Federal Credit Union, Gesa Credit Union, Global Credit Union, Horizon Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, Numerica Credit Union, PrimeSource Credit Union, Progressions Credit Union, Responders Emergency Services Credit Union, Safeway Employees Federal Credit Union, Spokane City Credit Union, Spokane Firefighters Credit Union, Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, STCU and WSECU.

About credit unions

Credit unions are member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives. More than 120 million Americans enjoy the benefits of credit union membership, including more than 4.3 million who are members of Washington credit unions.

International Credit Union Day has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948. The day highlights the history and achievements of credit unions and the impact they have throughout the world.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane began in 1987. Habitat-Spokane aims to put God’s love into action and brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Families and individuals in need of a hand-up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Future Habitat homeowners work alongside volunteers, earn sweat equity, attend homebuyer workshops, save for closing costs, and pay an affordable mortgage. Habitat-Spokane is an equal-opportunity housing provider.

Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat-spokane.org