MFLCares Gives Back to HDSA

Pictured from left to right: Eric, Mark and Bill Smith at HDSA Iowa’s 2015 Team Hope Walk. The Smiths have raised both awareness and dollars for HDSA Iowa in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disorder that has affected them deeply.

Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Iowa Chapter is our featured charity this month and has received a $2020 donation through our MFLCares program. The funds will be used to help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD) and their families through support and services.

“HDSA Iowa has a longstanding, strong relationship with Midwest Family Lending,says Andrea Bauer, president of Huntington’s Disease Society of America – Iowa Chapter. “We appreciate the compassionate employees at MFLC who truly want to support the community and well-being of the residences. We feel part of the MFLC Family.

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Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts. Eric Smith, licensed mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending, nominated Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Iowa Chapter (HSDA). The Smiths have raised both awareness of and dollars for HDSA Iowa in hopes of one day finding a cure for the disorder that has affected them deeply.

“I nominated HDSA Iowa because my brother Bill has HD, and my brother Mark passed away from complications of HD last month,” Eric says. “It’s a genetic disorder that my siblings and children have a 50/50 chance of getting. We want to raise awareness and money for this organization so they can continue to support families with HD and one day find a cure.”

About HDSA Iowa

HD is a fatal genetic disorder that deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities, usually during their prime working years. It’s described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s simultaneously.

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is “the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease”. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

Its mission is:

  • To help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families through support and services
  • To educate both the public and health care professionals about Huntington’s Disease
  • To promote and support research directed at discovering a treatment and ultimately a cure for Huntington’s disease.

Living with Huntington’s Disease

A recent ABC News story featuring two families affected by Huntington’s disease depicting what it’s like to live with HD.

How You Can Help

Donate

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, August 29: Crusin’ for a Cure is a classic car/motorcycle tour to help bring awareness to Huntington’s Disease.

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out our calendar to learn more about the great causes MFLCares has supported this year.

“While there is still no cure for HD, today there’s more hope than ever that we can beat this disease. Until then, our chapter strives to support our HD families, knowing that while research provides hope for the future, we must care for our HD community today.”


-Andrea Bauer, HDSA Iowa
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MFLCares Gives Back To Dorothy’s House

Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator Molly Maguire (pictured right) presents a $2020 donation on behalf of Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program to Kellie Markey (left), founder and executive director of Dorothy’s House.

Dorothy’s House is our featured charity this month and has received a $2020 donation through our MFLCares program. The funds will be used in support of the local non-profit’s mission to provide a safe place for human trafficking and exploitation survivors.

“Being selected by Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares Program is continued evidence that this community believes we need to provide services to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation in Iowa,” says Kellie Markey, founder and executive director of Dorothy’s House. “This extremely generous gift will be used to continue to subsidize housing for three of our participants for an extra month.  We are very grateful to continue offering this service to our survivors.”

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Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts. Molly Maguire, licensed mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending, nominated Dorothy’s House after a close friend told her about local human trafficking.

“Like many, I wasn’t aware that Central Iowa is a hot spot due to the 80/35 corridor,” Molly says. “I wanted to learn more and help bring awareness to this troubling and largely unnoticed crime.”

About Dorothy’s House

Dorothy’s House is a long-term, residential home that provides sex trafficking survivors with the space, resources and support needed to find their healing journey. Located in a beautiful home environment, girls have a chance to rediscover the person they were born to become. Dorothy’s House has partnered with several community members and organizations to provide a wide range of services to help them manage their trauma triggers. Through providing basic needs within a secure home environment, they are given the opportunity to recover their bodies, hearts, souls, voices and dreams.

Comprehensive Care

Every survivor has a unique set of needs and personal goals. Dorothy’s House strives to offer resources specific to each care plan including:

  • Physical Health Care
  • Mental Well Being
  • Medication Support
  • Legal/Financial Support
  • Life/Job skills & training
  • Relationship skills
  • Community Engagement
Inside the front room of this beautiful home where human trafficking survivors are given the opportunity to recover their bodies, hearts, souls, voices and dreams.

What’s New

Dorothy’s House will begin taking new participants again post-pandemic in July. Later this year the program will also begin serving all survivors of human trafficking and exploitation, including men, gender non-binary, those who have custody of their minor children, and labor trafficking survivors both residentially and non-residentially. Dorothy’s House will also continue to work toward building its second residential program in Des Moines with hopes of completion during the first half of 2021.

“For five years, we have been dedicated to providing a safe place for the practice of life for those whose lives have been interrupted by this terrible crime in our communities,” Markey says. “We look forward to expanding our services not only to young women but all survivors of human trafficking in Iowa.”

How You Can Help

Donate

Dorothy’s House is a 501c3 that depends on community contributions for operational support. In addition to financial contributions, current needs include:

  • Access to home building materials (siding, roofing, flooring, fixtures, cabinetry, countertops, drywall, paint etc.) or skills that would help offset our costs, please let us know at info@dorothyshouse.org.
  • Gift Cards (grocery, retail, coffee shops, craft stores, etc.)
  • Laundry/Dishwasher pods
  • Light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Gently used home furnishings/accessories (inquire at info@dorothyshouse.org)

Volunteer

Faithful volunteers make the mission happen at Dorothy’s House. Please follow this link to submit an application and background check approval to get started. Be sure to note what talents you might like to share including:

  • Lawn/garden care
  • Window Washing
  • Tutoring
  • Mentorship
  • Legal Support
  • Hair/Personal Care
  • Dental Care
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Massage Therapy
  • Alternative Therapy
  • Exercise/self-defense/yoga
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cooking Lessons
  • Outings/special events
  • Financial Management
  • Education
  • Writing/Journaling, and/or Scrapbooking
Touches of “Dorothy”/The Wizard of Oz may be found throughout the home

What’s Human Trafficking and What Can You Do About It?

The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines human trafficking as “a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against his/her will.”

In 2016, Des Moines was named one of the top 100 human trafficking sites in the U.S. by the Polaris Project, the nonprofit that runs the Hotline.

Learn how to recognize the signs:

  • Physical abuse such as burn marks, bruises or cuts
  • Unexplained absences from class
  • Overly tired in class
  • Withdrawn, depressed, distracted or checked out
  • Brags about making or having lots of money
  • Less appropriately dressed than before or new expensive clothes, accessories or shoes
  • New tattoo (tattoos are often used by pimps as a way to brand victims. Tattoos of a name, symbol of money or barcode could indicate trafficking)

“If you see something, say something.”

National Human Trafficking Hotline ◆ 1-888-373-7888

If you believe you may have information about a trafficking situation: Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free hotline at 1-888-373-7888: Anti-Trafficking Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 to take reports of potential human trafficking.

“Dorothy’s House is creating a safe and nurturing environment for a cause that is truly devastating,” Molly says. “It’s such a powerful program to rehabilitate and help young women recover from the resulting trauma.”

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out our calendar to learn more about the great causes MFLCares has supported this year.

“Dorothy’s House success has flourished on the knowledge that individuals, companies, foundations and organizations have all agreed that human trafficking in Iowa is a problem we must fight and be ready to serve its victims and survivors.”

-Kellie Markey, Dorothy’s House

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MFLCares Gives Back to Canistota Fire & Rescue

Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator Linden Heikens presents Chad Keller, treasurer, Nancy Korkow, secretary, and Brad Engbarth, fire chief with Canistota Fire & Rescue a $2020 donation on behalf of Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program.

CANISTOTA, South Dakota – Canistota Fire & Rescue was our featured charity last month and has received a $2020 donation through our MFLCares program. The funds will be used to purchase supplies for which the department says it has seen an increased demand in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“As an all volunteer fire and rescue department we rely on donations,” says Chad Keller, Canistota Fire & Rescue treasurer. “We are thankful to Midwest Family Lending for this donation, as it will help buy much needed supplies — especially during this time.”

Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts. Linden Heikens, licensed mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending, nominated the local fire department because he wanted to support those on the frontlines in a community where many of his clients reside.

“I wanted to give back to those who serve the same community we do and who put their lives on the line to make a difference and help their neighbors when needed most,” Linden says. “These departments are always in need of donations, and I encourage all who are able to help in any way they can.”

About Canistota Fire & Rescue & How You Can Help

Canistota Fire & Rescuse is a volunteer fire department comprised of 18 men and women who serve this South Dakota community.

Donations for Fire Department can be mailed to:
PO Box 367 Canistota, SD 57012

“Some people run from problems. Others run to them.”

Thank you, firefighters!

About MFLCares

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out our calendar to learn more about the great causes MFLCares has supported this year.

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We’re Hiring!

Seeking experienced administrative go-getter for Mortgage Processor Associate opening

Position Summary

The position will work in collaboration with our Processor to provide administrative support to process mortgage loan applications and do what it takes each day to create customers for life.

Position Accountabilities

• Answer, screen and forward multiple phone lines with high call volumes
• Proactively review and prioritize pipeline in order to meet anticipated commitment dates
• Review credit, income, asset documentation, transcripts, title, appraisals and other required documentation
• Work with underwriter to resolve outstanding conditions
• Obtain missing information and/or correct inaccurate documentation such as bank statement, W-2s, tax returns, paystubs, credit reports, etc.
• Contact employers to perform Verbal Verifications of Employment
• Enter data into Calyx Point
• Maintain confidentiality while processing loans and communicating with involved parties

Qualifications and Skill Requirements

• High school diploma required
• Mortgage or financial services industry experience preferred but not required
• Highly organized with strong attention to detail
• Excellent time management skills with a proven record of effectively prioritizing workflow and multitasking
• Exceptional verbal and written communication and customer service skills, including experience answering telephones
• Strong keyboarding and computer skills, including Microsoft products with the ability to learn work-related software
• Self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team
• Professional demeanor, positive attitude and resourceful
• Experience with Calyx Point desirable, but not required
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality

Job Type
Full Time, in office
Note: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Candidate may be required to perform other duties to meet ongoing needs of the company.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to Katie McIntyre at katiem@midwestfamilylending.com.

About Midwest Family Lending

For nearly 25 years, Midwest Family Lending has been committed to making a positive impact within the communities it serves and to creating customers for life. Midwest Family Lending Corporation is locally owned and operated and has been helping people throughout Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota achieve their housing goals since 1996. Whether it’s the purchase of a dream home, or the refinance for an existing home, Midwest Family Lending stands alone in customer service and options available. Offering the most innovative and flexible programs in the industry, its customers receive solutions that work specifically for their needs. The team of trusted and licensed mortgage professionals has extensive experience in Conventional, VA, USDA and FHA mortgage lending. This experience, coupled with honesty, integrity and a sincere desire to build a relationship with its customers has established Midwest Family Lending as a preferred mortgage lender.

For more information, call 515-252-7107, or visit www.midwestfamilylending.com. Midwest Family Lending is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. To learn more about Midwest Family Lending’s impact in the community, visit MFLCares.com.

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4 Simple Financial Fitness Activities that Parents & Students Can Do at Home

With COVID-19 driving ​widespread closures of our nation’s schools​, many parents are facing new obstacles that they hadn’t anticipated. While this looks different for everyone, many families are now challenged to deliver remote learning instruction to their children or keep kids occupied while juggling the demands of their job.   

As the novelty of this “new normal” wears off, you may be starting to hear, “What are we doing today?” or the dreaded, “I’m bored.” Maybe you’re on your fourth puzzle or craft project of the week and looking for a new way to keep your kids’ minds engaged and active.

With April being Financial Literacy Month, why not propose an activity that is educational and fun? You might even  learn something new yourself.   

Here are 4 grade-level appropriate ideas to get you started:   

Needs vs. Wants Scavenger Hunt (grades K-6) 

“Do I ​need ​that?” ​ This is a question we often ask ourselves when our Amazon cart reaches triple-digit totals. We can all agree on our basic ​needs​ — things like food, water, clothing, and shelter, but when it comes to the things we ​want​, this won’t be the same for everyone. At any age,  it is important to determine needs, identify wants, and find a way to fit both into your ​budget​, while also setting aside money for emergencies. For this activity:   

  1. Ask your child to collect 10-15 items around the house and then determine if each item is a need ​or a ​want​. You can even use sticky notes to label each object.
  2. Once the items are labeled, have a discussion about why that item is a necessity or just “nice to have.”  
  3. Optional bonus question: ​ You find a $100 bill on the street. What should you choose to spend this money on? Hint: Always make sure your needs are taking priority. That new tech gadget or toy may be cool, but it is important to have food, clothing, water, and shelter  first! 

Hopefully, this activity will help your child put into perspective some of the things we take for granted, while also teaching a critical and foundational Financial Capability skill.   

Myth vs. Fact (grades 4-7)   

When it comes to facts about finance, it can be tough to sift through the myths and identify what is true​. Read the following statements out loud to test your child’s financial savviness. Can they identify which statements are​ myths​ and which are ​facts​? Ask them to explain their reasoning and  then lead a discussion about why the statement is true or false.

For example, “Sharing personal information (e.g. social security number) with friends is okay. Myth! Personal information like social security numbers, bank account information, etc. should be kept private.  Always talk to a trusted adult before you share any personal information, especially when online.” 

  1. Healthy people don’t need health insurance.​ ​Myth
  2. Paying with cash helps you avoid overspending. ​Fact 
  3. There is no difference between a savings account and a certificate of deposit (CD).​ ​Myth 
  4. People who earn paychecks pay sales tax. ​Myth
  5. Credit is a form of borrowing. ​Fact 
  6. A salary is paid over a set period of time, and a wage is paid by the hour. ​Fact 
  7. Sharing personal information (e.g. social security number) with friends is okay. ​Myth
  8. The best way to get the most of your money is to create a budget. ​Fact

Create Your Own Food Truck (grades 7-10)

Encourage your child to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test as they work to build their own food truck business​! Creating your own food truck business takes more than just brainstorming taco toppings or creating a logo. A lot of thought needs to go into your plan and strategy. Use the guiding questions below to set the [food truck] wheels in motion and then challenge your child to present a business plan pitch using the optional prompt.

  • What type of food will your food truck sell?
  • Where will you park your food truck?
  • Who is your target audience? ​(demographics, geographics, buying patterns, etc.)
  • What is your food truck name? How do you plan to market and promote your food truck?
  • How is your food truck unique and ​a better choice than your competitors?
  • How much do you think it will cost to produce one menu item (on average)?
  • How much do you want to add to the price on the menu in order to cover overhead costs (gas, permits, employee payroll) in order to make a profit?

Optional prompt: ​Create a ​business pitch​ ​- a quick description of your business that you use to explain it to customers and investors. The goal is to be clear and concise and to get your point across in just a few minutes. 

Investing and the News (grades 9-12)   

There might be a toilet paper shortage right now, but there is certainly no shortage of information on local and national news outlets. These days it is safe to say that every time we turn on the TV or  pick up our phone, we are inundated with headlines. Have you ever considered the ripple effect  that these news updates have on various industries? Why not take this opportunity to foster a conversation around ​investing and the news​?   

  1. Work with your child to choose 5-10 headlines in the news.
  2. Reflect on how this headline impacted/will impact ​various industries​ in the stock market  and if this current event will increase or decrease the total stock price. Try to use context  clues within the headline to make your best guess on what markets would be positively and  negatively impacted by the reality of the headline.
  3. Optional prompt: ​If you had $1,000 and could buy stock – which company would you invest in and why? Would you choose to invest in just ​one​ company or ​several​ (i.e.  diversification)?     

Did you enjoy these activities? We want to hear from you! Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RemoteLearning and #TeachFromHome.

This blog content was created in partnership with EVERFI. Midwest Family Lending is a member of EVERFI’s  Financial Capability Network, and we are proud to deliver critical financial education to our communities. 

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MFLCares about Riverside

Pictured from left to right: Charlie Chedester, CRMS, CVLS & Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator with Midwest Family Lending presents Chris Dahl, executive director of Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp with a $2020 donation through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program at the camp located in Story City, Iowa.

Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp (Riverside) is MFLCares’ March charity and has received a $2020 donation through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program. The funds will be used in support of the nonprofit’s work to provide “a community and a family that builds people up for Christian leadership.”

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“We’re so grateful for the incredibly generous gift from Midwest Family Lending,” says Chris Dahl, executive director of Riverside. “The ministry of Riverside provides safe, fun, life-changing, Christ-centered camp experiences for thousands of people each year throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. This generous gift helps us continue to provide excellent camp experiences and the ability for us to offer over $70,000 in camperships each year.”

Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts. Charlie Chedester, CRMS, CVLS & Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator with Midwest Family Lending nominated Riverside because of the positive impact its various camps and retreats have had on his family.

Charlie & Family Announces #MFLCares March 2020 Charity

Check out this video of our own Charles D. Chedester CRMS, CVLS & Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator and his family announcing our March #MFLCares charity, Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp!

Posted by Midwest Family Lending on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“We’re very excited to support Riverside and are a big proponent of their family camp,” says Charlie Chedester, CRMS, CVLS & Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator with Midwest Family Lending. “We really like going and hanging out—just us—not having cell phones & other typical distractions. We enjoy all the things they have for together time, game time and learning a lot about each other. Jennie and I have also been to their annual marriage retreat, and it’s just a lot of fun. Check them out; it’s one of my family’s favorite places.”

Where a strong connection isn’t about Wi-Fi

Riverside provides a positive environment for kids and adults alike to unplug and connect with what matters most. More than 150 churches from IA, NE, IL, MN and WI call the 76-year-old camp “home”, as well as a growing number of non-Lutheran churches and businesses that hold retreats on the beautiful property.

“It’s pretty incredible to see 240 kids who don’t have screens and are forced to interact,” Dahl says. “The first day is a little challenging and is actually tougher on moms and dads than the kids. But then the value we’ve heard from parents and families is huge. We often hear, ‘My kid came back a different person.’

How You Can Help

Upcoming Events

  • Summer Camp (June through early August). Visit
    www.riversideLBC.org for information and dates
  • Family Camp: June 28-July 1
  • Riverside 5K and Quilt Auction: August 1
  • Riverside Fall Golf Classic: September 18
  • Women’s Retreat: September 25-27
  • Fall Youth Recharge Weekend Events: October-November

Donate

Non-profit organizations like Riverside need financial support now more than ever to support their missions. Help Riverside continue to offer more than $70,000 in camperships for those who can’t afford them and ensure no one turned away.

“Camp is the place where I feel most loved”

Camper comment

Volunteer

It takes a village to serve the near 3000 kids reached through Riverside’s programs each year as well as to care for the grounds and its 30 horses year-round. The camp will gladly accept your gifts, talents and prayers! Here’s a full list of ideas of how to help.

About #MFLCares

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact.

“Thank you for giving toward changing lives for the better in central Iowa!”

Chris Dahl, executive director of Riverside
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COVID-19 Update and Midwest Family Lending’s Commitment to You

To our Valued Customers and Partners,

Midwest Family Lending is committed to protecting your well-being by closely monitoring the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and taking measures in response to minimize the virus’ spread.

  • We are following recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the states in which we do business to do so with as minimal disruption as possible.
  • Our main office has been closed to public access.
  • All our licensed mortgage loan originators are working from home under secured digital access.

We will continue to share updates here on our website. If you should have any questions or concerns, I may be reached at chuckw@midwestfamilylending.com.

Stay safe, and enjoy this time with your families,

Chuck West
President
Midwest Family Lending

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MFLCares About Help-A-Heart


Pictured from left to right: Emily Graber, co-founder of Help-A-Heart; Sara Fuller, licensed mortgage loan originator; and Shannon and Grady Greco. Midwest Family Lending’s Sara Fuller, along with nephew Grady Greco and mother Shannon, present Emily Graber, co-founder of Help-A-Heart with a $2020 donation through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program. Sara nominated Help-A-Heart to be February’s charity after seeing the program’s impact firsthand when it helped Grady through heart surgery.

Help-A-Heart is MFLCares’ February charity and has received an $2020 donation through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program. The funds will be used in support of the nonprofit’s mission of “sharing love by providing emotional and financial support for Iowa families affected by congenital heart disease.”

“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of caring businesses like Midwest Family Lending that help aide our efforts to ensure families going through this feel less alone,” says Emily Graber, co-founder of Help-A-Heart. “Losing a child to this disease is something all of us think about daily. It’s not a club you’d choose to be in if you had a choice.”

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Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month to support that is dear to their hearts.

“This cause is very close to me because of my nephew, Grady, who was born in 2011 with a double inlet left ventricle (the same condition as Graber’s son’s). He’s since had four surgeries and has come a long way,” says Sara Fuller, licensed mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending. “Help-A-Heart was there in the time of need when my family was in the hospital needed food and support.”

Help-A-Heart’s Story

Graber co-founded Help-A-Heart 14 years ago with Melissa Hooper after the two met and became friends when their sons were having heart surgery. The mothers dreamed of starting an organization to help families both financially and emotionally while their children have extended hospital stays due to congenital heart disease.

“It’s a financial toll,” Graber says. “When you’re in there for months or longer, it’s just not feasible. Someone has to go back to work. You still have your bills and your mortgage, and you’re eating out all the time. We wanted to ease that financial burden a bit.”

What They Do

  • Provides $100/week or $400/month. Help-A-Heart has provided assistance to more than 400 different Iowa families since inception
  • Provides meals for families on surgery day
  • Gifts for heart kiddos and families during hospital stays
  • Gift cards for food and gas
  • Payment for lodging or their stay at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Special visits to families in the hospital (many times bearing gifts)
  • Monthly support group meetings held Valley Community Center in West Des Moines, the second Thursday of the month
  • Special events including: Mom’s Night Out, Valentine’s Day, Iowa Wolves Game, Christmas party, and other family oriented events

Who’s Eligible?

  • Iowa families with a child with a congenital heart defect
  • No financial requirements
  • Generally referred by nurses & social workers at the hospital, but can be referred by friends or family
  • Eligible after child has exceeded a 2-week hospitalization
Grady Greco is all smiles posing with Help-A-Heart’s Emily Graber. Grady’s family received support through Help-A-Heart when he had heart surgery. Funds from MFLCares will benefit families like the Grecos.

How You Can Help

To refer a family click here.

Upcoming Events

  • 6/15: Celebration of Life Dinner and Silent Auction, Walnut Creek Church in Windsor Heights
  • 9/12: Dylan’s Dragon Walk, Centennial Park, Waukee
  • 10/4: Superhero Heart Run, Raccoon River Park

Donate

Donations may be made online via PayPal or by check.

Volunteer

Below is a list of ideas of how you can give your talents and share your time:

  • Write notes of encouragement
  • Provide food for support group gatherings
  • Provide childcare for support group gatherings
  • Donate an auction basket for our annual fundraiser
  • Craft, sew, and create items
  • Donate gifts for heart kids and their siblings (note: button-up onesies make a great gift for infants in the hospital because it provides a passageway for wires and tubes)
  • Stuff and mail envelopes
  • Volunteer at events (example: “manning a booth”, set-up/ tear-down, taking photos)
  • Design T-shirts and posters for events

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact.

“Seeing the families connect and support each other and make friendships has been the hugest blessing for us,” Graber says. “It’s bigger than either of us thought could happen.”

-Emily Graber, Help-A-Heart
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When’s the Best Time to Refinance?

Don’t miss out on near historic lows and $ you could be spending elsewhere by refinancing!

Does any of the following sound familiar? Someday I’ll:

  • Buy or build my dream home
  • Create the backyard oasis that’s the envy of my neighborhood
  • Take that beach vacation we keep talking about
  • Start saving more for my kids’ college funds
  • Look into if refinancing would be worth my time

Take advantage of near historically low rates and our strong real estate market. If you’ve been holding out to see if refinancing could be worth it, now’s the time to hit us up! Don’t miss out on these savings and on the many other dreams you could be pursuing with that extra cash! We’re here to make your money work for you and help you achieve your financial dreams.

Rates Have Hit Near Historic Lows!

What could lower rates do for you?

  • Lower your monthly payment
  • Lower your current interest rate
  • Save you thousands by paying off your home faster
  • Eliminate PMI
  • Get you into the home of your dreams

What are you waiting for? The time to refinance is now! Give one of our licensed mortgage loan originators a call today to see if refinancing could potentially save you hundreds of dollars each month!



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MFLCares Announces its 2020 Charities

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MFLCares is pleased to announce its 2020 calendar! The selected charities include:

Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts.

Each charity will be spotlighted in its respective month. We’ll share how it supports our communities and how you can join our team to help get involved. All of MFLCares’ 2020 causes will also receive a $2020 donation in support of their missions.

“We started the MFLCares program in 2016 in an effort to create a conduit between our communities and the incredible causes within them. However, throughout the last four years, it has become much more than that. MFLCares is a huge part of who we are as a company. Each month, we get the opportunity to meet the real people behind these organizations, and it’s always both inspiring and humbling. We are proud just to play a small part in growing the awareness for these admirable charities.”

Chuck West, president of Midwest Family Lending

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact.


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