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Academy Mortgage kicks off their “25 Years of Service” initiative, Habitat for Humanity partnership

ATLANTA (Sept. 13, 2013) – Academy Mortgage, the Salt Lake-based mortgage lender, is joining Habitat for Humanity in a national partnership commemorating the company’s silver anniversary. Academy has a goal of contributing 25,000 hours of service in 2013–14 and has committed to supporting Habitat’s efforts to construct, rehabilitate or preserve affordable housing by sponsoring Habitat service projects in Salt Lake City; Atlanta; Glen Bernie, Md.; and Chandler, Ariz.

The efforts are part of Academy’s “25 Years of Service” initiative, which was designed to give greater meaning and purpose to the company’s celebration of its anniversary this year. Particular attention is being given to causes that focus on sustainable homeownership and education.

Academy Mortgage volunteers in Salt Lake City helping to demolish the future site of the Hope Lodge.

“Achieving the 25-year company milestone provides us the opportunity to give back to our communities that have been essential to our success,” said Academy President Adam Kessler. “We believe we have a responsibility to assist individuals and families in building a foundation for their future, either through our mortgage products or by rendering service to help them develop the capacity and self-reliance necessary to obtain sustainable homeownership.”

The initiative kicked off on Sept. 11, 2013, when Academy leadership participated in a community project with Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity to benefit Habitat, as well as the American Cancer Society. Volunteers helped to demolish a building that Habitat will recycle, while clearing the way for a Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their families. This event marked the largest group of Academy volunteers to be involved on one project.

“We are extremely grateful to have a partner like Academy Mortgage that shares our commitment to creating affordable housing in partnership with low-income families,” said Kymberly Wolff, senior vice president of development, Habitat for Humanity International. “Their support, both financially and through volunteer efforts, will enable us to help more families in need of decent and affordable housing have a place to call home.”

About Habitat for Humanity International 
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org.

About Academy Mortgage
Since 1988 Academy Mortgage has provided exceptional service and customized solutions to help individuals and families achieve successful homeownership. The company is recognized and respected nationwide for its unwavering commitment to responsible lending, especially in today’s rapidly changing economy. Academy is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah; has more than 135 branches across the country; and is licensed to process loans in 44 states. For more information, please visit www.academymortgage.com.