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First Missouri Sponsors Tasting for Change

First Missouri Credit Union's staff and volunteers attended the Tasting for Change event Friday, May 29, 2015, at River City Casino. For three years, First Missouri has sponsored this event that benefits the Lemay Housing Partnership (LHP). 

"Lemay Housing Partnership does a great job of using limited resources to assist our community with housing counseling, homeownership and home repairs," says Steve Ogolin, First Missouri CEO. The credit union is headquartered in the south St. Louis neighborhood known as Lemay. 

Since 1998, First Missouri has worked directly with LHP to provide down payment assistance, closing cost assistance and financial education to residents. The housing partnership also manages projects that remove old housing and construct newer modern housing and help make it affordable for residents.

“First Missouri Credit Union has been a strong and productive partner to the Lemay Housing Partnership, Inc. since its inception," says Reggie Scott, executive director for LHP. "The credit union continues to be a great resource for both technical support to LHP and financial grants for the benefit of low and moderate income homeowners in Lemay. We look forward to a continued collaboration on important community development challenges into the future.” 

First Missouri has also sponsored LHP twice for grants totaling $600,000 under the Federal Home Loan Bank's Affordable Housing Program. 

LHP was established by area residents and businesses with the financial support of St. Louis County Government. LHP offers services that benefit both the existing residents of the Lemay community and homebuyers throughout the greater St. Louis region. 

"Our goal is to promote and enhance the quality of life in the community by creating a healthy and economically sustainable living environment for families. We accomplish this by collaborating and partnering with residents, businesses, educational institutions, and local government," reads the LHP website

Caption (top): Pictured (from left) are volunteers and staff: Victor Nahlik, Jessica Meador, Steve Poniewaz, Tom Marval, Steve Ogolin, and Pat Yaeger.

Caption (bottom): Pictured are Steve Poniewaz, First Missouri VP; Reggie Scott, Lemay Housing Partnership Executive Director: and Steve Ogolin, First Missouri CEO.