West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, partnered with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity this week to complete an on-site panel build at their office in West Des Moines. In less than a day, more than 90 Homesteaders volunteers constructed all the interior and exterior walls for a Habitat home scheduled for construction in early 2017.
“We wanted to do something for our community as part of our 110th anniversary celebration, so we asked our employees to volunteer a few hours to help with the build,” explained Homesteaders Executive VP-Human Resources Judy Ralston-Hansen. “We had such an overwhelming response – and so many excited volunteers – that we ended up partnering with Habitat to build a bigger house.”
Homesteaders employees worked in two shifts to measure, cut and frame the walls of a 1,700-square-foot, split-level home planned for the Birdland neighborhood in Des Moines. The build is part of Habitat’s affordable homeownership program, which offers cost-effective housing opportunities to deserving families throughout the metro area.
“Over the last 110 years, Homesteaders has demonstrated a commitment to giving back in so many ways – to our employees, our community and the funeral profession,” observed Homesteaders Chief Operations Officer Steve Shaffer. “Today’s Habitat build was another great example of our collective commitment to investing in the community.”
A local family will purchase today’s panel build home using an affordable mortgage – made possible, in part, by the volunteer labor and financial support provided by Homesteaders. Prior to purchasing their new home, the buyers will complete more than 40 hours of classes and counseling covering home maintenance, money management and neighborliness. The homebuyers will also invest 300-400 hours of sweat equity in the construction of their home and other Habitat projects.
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Hardworking families apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity based on three criteria: need for housing, ability to pay and willingness to partner. At closing, families purchase their home through an affordable mortgage. For more information visit gdmhabitat.org.
Celebrating its 110th year of business in 2016, Homesteaders Life Company is a national leader providing life insurance products and services to promote and support the funding of advance funeral planning and end-of-life expenses.