Leadership from Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and a business banker from Great Western Bank pose for a photograph together inside a warehouse.

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Hope Matters

“We’re proud of our relationship with GWB and fortunate to have this partnership. Employees and bank administration have been incredibly supportive of Habitat for Humanity.” – Iain Probert.

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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity shares more than just a motto with Great Western Bank – Making Life Great – they share a passion for helping people in their community.

Since 1986, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has assisted 169 families achieve homeownership in El Paso County, Colorado. But their impact doesn’t stop once the home is built. In 2019, Pikes Peak Habitat homeowners paid a total of $94,000 in El Paso County property taxes.

“We really believe that sharing values with our business partners enhances our relationship,” said Pikes Peak Habitat Executive Director/CEO Kris Medina. “We have known Dave Warner for years and he’s served on our board since 2002. The trust we had in Dave plus the competitive rates Great Western was able to offer us made the banking relationship an easy decision.”

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Dave Warner, Great Western Bank Market President agrees. “I know the business very well, having served on the Habitat board for the past 12 years, most recently as Immediate Past President. I really appreciate the synergy we have as we work towards their goals – because GWB shares a lot of the same interests when it comes to serving our communities. It’s an easy partnership because we share the same vision.”

“I truly appreciate GWB’s community activism in that GWB staff can volunteer with organizations and help build the community up while appreciating the results of their individual efforts from beyond their desks, as well as seeing their employer’s willingness to take action,” said Medina.

Affordable housing is an immense need with a large impact on El Paso County. With a county population of 700,000, just over 75,000 people live at or below the poverty line. Numbers like this illustrate why Habitat is so important. In addition to the volunteer hours it takes to build a home, each adult on the title of the home must invest 200 hours of sweat equity as part of the Habitat program.

“We couldn’t do it without partners like Great Western Bank,” said Iain Probert, Pikes Peak Habitat’s Director of Development. “We’re grateful to them and their employees, their generosity of time, treasure and talent – talent of not only volunteering on the construction site but the talent of the employees that sit on our Board of Directors and our committees.

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