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Bank grant helps fund Habitat house

Submitted by Newsroom on July 20, 2011 – 11:46 amNo Comment

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – For the third year running, First Interstate Bank and the bank’s foundation have granted funding to the local Habitat for Humanity organization, which is the Wind River Country affiliate that serves Fremont County. This year, the bank and its foundation gave $6,500, which makes $17,000 donated overall.

Erin Bates Shirley

Habitat Executive Director Erin Bates Shirley said the grant will be used to build the 2011 Habitat home for a family in Riverton. It will be built on one of the four lots recently purchased from the City of Riverton on what is known as the old hospital site on the northeast side of town. She said her organization will build houses on the remaining lots over the next several years.

The family has not yet been chosen, but should be selected by mid-August. Construction begins in October. Anyone wanting to donate time, labor, materials or money can do that by calling the director at the Habitat Restore on Main or 857-2997.

This will be the 15th Habitat home built by the local chapter since 1997 for a low-income family with young children. In addition to Riverton, Habitat homes have been built in Lander, Shoshoni, Pavillion and on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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The Habitat international organization has built more than 400,000 homes worldwide, and stands as the sixth largest private home builder in the United States. Nationwide, 80 percent of all the Habitat houses are built for single parent families with young children living in the home.

The director said all the homes built by the International Christian Housing Ministry are energy efficient and are financed by the organization at zero percent interest. She said Habitat partner families are first time homebuyers seeking to own their own home but lack the ability to qualify for traditional lending.

The director said she’s grateful for the bank’s continuing partnership, especially during this economically challenging time. Bank President Mike Edelman said his bank is committed to making “the places where we live, the best they can be.”

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