LA CROSSE, Wis., Sept. 24, 2019 – In September, Katye and Josh Sargent, along with their three daughters, became the first family to graduate from the Finding HOME program and purchase their home.

The Marine Credit Union Foundation launched its Finding HOME program in May 2018. Finding HOME is a financial literacy program for credit-challenged borrowers that grants home loans to participants upon successful completion of program. The program is free to participants. The program helps these individuals improve their current financial situation, achieve homeownership and develop critical skills and knowledge to maintain financial stability. View the Sargent’s full story here.

Majel Hein, Marine’s Financial Literacy Counselor in La Crosse, has counseled 65 families in the La Crosse area to identify their best path to homeownership. Twenty-two of those families have entered the Finding HOME program, and one has graduated and purchased their home. Hein has assisted 14 additional families in finding appropriate mortgage lending products or programs.

In June, Marine Credit Union’s Finding HOME program received a $5,000 grant from the Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund at the La Crosse Community Foundation. Bob and Eleanor Franke established this fund to benefit programs that improve the health and well-being of people in need. Some of the areas Bob and Eleanor were particularly passionate about was strengthening Northside La Crosse neighborhoods and affordable housing.

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About the Marine Credit Union Foundation
The Marine Credit Union Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to making charitable contributions and increasing the financial literacy in the communities Marine Credit Union serves.

About Marine Credit Union
Marine Credit Union is built upon the strong belief that members are more than a credit score, and we are committed to providing financial services to all members of the community—including those with past financial challenges. Marine will continue our long-standing tradition of delivering personalized lending solutions to fit our members’ individual needs. Marine Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving members with office locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. For more information, connect with us on FacebookTwitterYouTube and LinkedIn.