December 5, 2017
For most of us, memories of the holidays start at home. And while there’s no place like home for the holidays, many Nova Scotians don’t have access to adequate housing. Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia hopes this message resonates with residents across the province during its annual Holiday Giving Campaign.
“The homes we build are a testament to the generosity of Nova Scotians,” says Rick Gant, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. “In addition to dedicated volunteers who give their time, and companies who donate supplies and materials, we rely on financial contributions to help our families realize their dream of homeownership.”
As part of the kick off to the Holiday Giving Campaign, Halifax-based banking institution CUA has announced a new partnership that includes a major gift to Habitat. Over the next three years, CUA has committed to a total gift in excess of $100,000 along with other opportunities that will be announced in 2018.
“CUA’s gift and partnership will have a lasting impact on our work, on our families and on our community,” says Gant, whose sentiments are echoed by Marie Mullally, President and CEO of CUA. “Supporting individuals and families in their efforts to save, plan and be financially well is what we do every day,” says Mullally. “Homeownership can play a big role in one’s financial journey, and we are proud to be supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity – one home and one family at a time.”
One such family is that of Jackie and her 3-year old son, Jackson, who will benefit from a new Habitat home in 2018. “I never thought owning my own home would be a possibility,” explains Jackie. “Habitat’s Homeownership Program is giving us a chance at a stable life – no more moving from place to place. We’ll be able to put down roots. The volunteers have been an absolute blessing to us. I cannot properly express my gratitude to those who have helped build our home.”
Partner Families of Habitat for Humanity homes are selected on the basis of need, their ability to repay a no-down-payment, no-interest mortgage, and their commitment to volunteer 500 hours of sweat equity toward their home and community.
“At Habitat for Humanity, we know that homeownership makes a real difference in the lives of our partner families,” says Gant. “They are healthier. Their children are more apt to play sports and obtain a post-secondary degree. They experience more stable employment, with stronger income. And they are more likely to volunteer, donate to charity and vote at election time.”
According to a 2015 Boston Consulting Group study for Habitat for Humanity Canada, every dollar invested in the Habitat homeownership program initiates four dollars of benefit to society.
Click on the button below to join CUA in supporting Habitat Nova Scotia’s Holiday Giving Campaign!
Established in 1948, CUA is a full-service banking institution with seven branch locations, a Commercial Centre, a Wealth Management division and a Customer Contact Centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CUA serves over 20,000 customers and has assets in excess of $460 million. CUA offers personal and business banking through its branch network, online banking, deposit anywhere service, mobile app and an extensive network of ATMs. CUA delivers flexible banking products, personalized service and quick decision-making with extensive knowledge of the local marketplace. CUA reinvests 100 percent of its profits back into the business to benefit members and the local economy, delivering on its vision to help members and their communities be financially well. To learn more, visit www.cua.com.