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1st Financial FCU's Grant Helps Rebuild St. Louis Homes

1st Financial Federal Credit Union’s "Your Community 1st Grant" program has selected Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others to receive a $500 grant that will be used to support the creation of affordable housing for St. Louis area residents.

In 2015, the 1st Financial leadership team decided to expand their giving program and created the Your Community 1st Grant, which focuses on individuals who are working for their community. Quarterly, 1st Financial presents a $500 donation to be used for an existing community need or certified 501(c)3 charitable organization or not-for-profit agency.

The latest recipient of the Your Community 1st Grant was chosen based on the severity of need and willingness to work towards helping members of their community achieve personal or financial growth. 1st Financial was excited to award the Your Community 1st Grant to Vernon Mansfield and Blessings to Others (BTO).

“1st Financial’s philosophy of 'people helping people,' their work in our community, and the help provided to people in need is sorely needed in today’s world,” says Mr. Mansfield. “BTO’s mission is to provide quality intermediate and affordable housing to individual families and strategic partners. We bridge the gap between transitional and permanent housing needs for individuals experiencing a transformational change in their lives.”

In his application, Mr. Mansfield spoke about using the grant to help provide a pipeline of rehabbed, quality and affordable single-family residences across the St. Louis region. By offering “Common Sense Rent” that is priced appropriately to each family and not based on generating profits, while also providing ongoing life skills education and mentoring, Blessings to Others enhances the opportunity for real financial stability and strong family values which strengthen the St. Louis community. 

Funds from the grant will go directly to rehabilitation costs for a property at 5839 Ridge Avenue, St. Louis MO 63112. The staff at Blessings to Others estimates that a total of $7,000 will be needed to complete repairs on the property.

“At BTO, we are so thankful and appreciative of 1st Financial’s community giving program," continues Mr. Mansfield. "Their donation of $500 will enhance a community member’s ability to become financially stable.”

Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe presented the $500 Grant to Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett of Blessings to Others on Monday, July 20, 2015 at the 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Hazelwood Branch at 5916 N. Lindbergh.   

For more information about Blessings to Others, please click here

Caption: Pictured (from left) are Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union; Vernon Mansfield, Tim Grimmett, and Nancy Grimmett, of Blessings to Others.