West Gate Bank Partners to Build Habitat House
West Gate Bank and Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln are partnering together to build a decent and affordable home for future Habitat homeowners, Khasro, Ginar, and their four children. West Gate Bank is the Silver Sponsor on the house that will host a wall raising ceremony on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Both organizations are celebrating milestones in the community; West Gate Bank is celebrating 50 years and Habitat Lincoln is celebrating 30 years.
"As a community bank, we understand that providing affordable housing is crucial to the continued growth of Lincoln. In recognizing the work that Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln is doing, we are honored to partner with them for this build." - Carl Sjulin, President of West Gate Bank
Wall Raising: Thursday, July 19 | 9:00 a.m.
The West Gate Bank home will kick-off Thursday, July 19 at 9:00 a.m. with a special wall raising ceremony to include bank customers, employees and board members, joined by Khasro and Ginar. The build will continue over the next four months as the two organizations work together in building homes, communities and hope.
"We're exited to partner with West Gate Bank to build an affordable home for a family in need of decent shelter. West Gate Bank understands that we are all in this together. A decent home with an affordable mortgage builds strong and stable families. And strong and stable families build strong and stable communities." - Josh Hanshaw, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
Thursday, July 19
6335 Garland St, Lincoln, NE 68505
Public is welcome.
Tag a 2x4
Stop by one of the seven West Gate Bank branches to sign your well wishes and congratulations to the new homeowners. The 2x4's will be used in the West Gate Bank house.
Stop back to see photos of the house throughout the build process. Plus, follow West Gate Bank and Habitat Lincoln on Facebook for more information on community partnerships.
About the Homeowner
Khasro & Ginar immigrate to the United States in 2015 from Iraq through Turkey for a better life for their family. They do everything in life for their four children: sons, Mohammed, 8; Adam, 7; and daughters, Nor, 3; and Huda, 2. Participating in the Habitat Homebuyer Program is a chance for them to change the lives of their children.
Khasro, Ginar and their four children rent a cramped small, two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. The children share a room which doesn’t lead to privacy for the boys or girls. The space is tight and only one bed fits; the other children sleep on the floor. The apartment isn’t big enough for a kitchen table for the family to eat meals together or have a place for the kids to do their homework. There is no yard area or park nearby for the kids to play. Mohammed, the oldest son, is constantly dribbling a basketball in the kitchen; dreaming of the chance to play hoops with his dad at their own home. The family does not receive any housing assistance and it’s hard to find a larger place to live on their income.
Khasro works for Home Depot and loves to help people. He takes pride in his work; you can see it in the customer service pins he has received that he wears on his work apron. If you’ve been to the south side Home Depot- you probably know him! Both him and his wife, Ginar are happy, positive and hardworking people. And they instill the same values into their children.
Once selected for the Homebuyer Program, they both jumped in on their sweat equity volunteer hours at Habitat ReStore, providing lunch for the construction crew (Ginar is an amazing cook) and volunteering on the build site. In fact, ReStore and construction fight over Khasro’s volunteer hours! Whenever you see them they are always smiling and offering to help. They are looking forward to carrying this forward as new neighbors when they start building on their Habitat home.
They are thankful for the opportunity to build a better life for their children. Through shelter, we empower.