Horizon Bank donates $3,000 to Habitat for Humanity Housing Projects


BIG RAPIDS – Horizon Bank of Big Rapids recently made a donation to the Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity to help support the many services and projects the organization runs.

A donation of $3,000 will help fund projects established to benefit veterans and home repair projects enabled by the organization.

Barbara Seibolt, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said the money will greatly contribute to the impact of the projects.

“We look forward to using this for a major home repair program,” Seibolt said. “What this does is help current homeowners with ongoing or emergency issues with their home. There are always pressing issues with housing in Mecosta County, especially this time of year, and the gifts they give us.

Seabolt said the money for the first emergency project will be used to help a local family fix a malfunctioning furnace before the worst winter weather hits.

Mecosta County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1992 by a group of local people with the goal of eliminating poverty housing in Mecosta County, with the first Mecosta County Habitat house being built in 1994 in Big Rapids.

In 2022, Mecosta Habitat for Humanity completed its 35th home, including 32 original buildings and three rehabs of donated homes.

Chad Nastoff, branch manager of Horizon Bank of Big Rapids, presented the check.

“We really want to give back to the community with a place that is doing great things,” said Nastoff. “Especially at this time of year with winter coming, roofs over people’s heads on the side of the house and just being in the community was important to us. I want people to know that Skyline cares. We care about the community. We’re here for the long haul and we just love to give back.

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Tom Roland, market president of Horizon Bank of Big Rapids, was also on hand to celebrate the donation.

Horizon Bank of Big Rapids has also donated to local organizations over the past year, including the Big Rapids Downtown Business Association.

Through its homeownership program, the organization has also been able to help community members with home repairs and has completed several restoration projects, helping people in need to live safely in their own homes.

An upcoming Mecosta County housing project will be to help renovate a veteran who needs wheelchair access to his home.

Seabolt said the home repair program has changed lives.

“We will do anything to help a veteran and his family,” Seibolt said. “Even if they don’t work within our direct programs, we will do what we can to help. We are hoping to build a new home for a veteran next spring as we are trying to make it all work with some grant money and things like that. We want to make it as easy as possible for them.”

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