In 1905, 22 people gathered at the home of John E. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss the formation of a new fraternal society. Less than a year later, "The Homesteaders" emerged with a purpose of providing insurance benefits for final expenses to its members.
Policy Certificate Number One was issued in Paul's name on February 24, 1906. Elected the association's first president, Paul helped instill a theme of "neighborly cooperation, fraternity, mutual helpfulness, protection and patriotism."
While Homesteaders was still in its infancy, its leadership faced one of the most profound periods of economic strife, war and unrest in American history. These early tests of our resolve became a benchmark of the tradition of strength that continues to this day.
Through it all, Homesteaders has emerged as a national leader in funeral service funding and is a trusted, reliable and secure choice for thousands of funeral professionals and the families they serve. We're proud to work alongside funeral professionals to help families experience the value of funeral service and the benefits of planning ahead.
As a mutual company, we're dedicated to ensuring the security of policyholders' funeral funds and keeping our promises to provide dependable preneed funding. Our commitment to always doing the right thing is one of the many reasons we are the most often-used preneed funding company in America.*