|Savings tenacity and a matching grant helps make a home for dad and daughter|
|Posted:||August 30, 2010|
|Details:|| Adam Shepherd and his four-year-old daughter, Sarah, will move into their very own home this week, thanks to Shepherd’s newly-adopted tenacity for saving money through a Dupaco Community Credit Union Individual Development Account (IDA) and a three-for-one matching grant from the Iowa Credit Union Foundation.|
With ongoing help of Dupaco Money Makeover coach Paula Ervolino, Shepherd systematically saved $2,000 during a seven-month period, beginning in November 2009. The Iowa Credit Union Foundation matched $3 for every $1 saved by Shepherd. The combined $8,000 was more than enough for a down-payment on a home.
Dupaco made Shepherd a mortgage loan to finalize the purchase.
Through Dupaco’s IDA program, the savings of a participant are matched by a grant from another organization. Dupaco opens the savings accounts and provides financial education required by the program to help ensure the participant’s goals are met. The matching funds come from the Iowa Credit Union Foundation thanks to private grants it has received.
Participants must meet income guidelines and be residents of or purchase assets in the state of Iowa to qualify for an IDA account. The savings and matching funds are then used by the individual to purchase a specific asset, such as a home, starting or expanding a small business, paying for education or job training, or purchasing a vehicle to get to work.
Dupaco has four other members enrolled in the IDA matching program and others on a waiting list once additional match funding becomes available.
The 33-year-old Shepherd works two full-time jobs. He credited Dupaco with showing him how to effectively budget.
“I knew I was making money,” said Shepherd. “But I didn’t know where it was going until I started using the program’s savings diary.”
“I went from a credit zero to credit maybe,” said the newly-minted homeowner. “The IDA program helped me clean up unnecessary debt and taught me the power of systematic saving.”
Shepherd, who was renting an apartment, says the home is a wonderful space for his daughter, as well as a financial investment in his future. “The home has a great potential to help build my net worth,” he pointed out.
Financial education was the key component in his savings success, said Shepherd, who credited Dupaco’s Ervolino with keeping him on track. “Paula was extremely easy to work with,” said Shepherd.
Ervolino said Shepherd was successful because he stayed focused.
“Adam completed his workbook of lessons early in the program and stayed on top of his financial education requirements,” said Ervolino. “So when the time came to purchase his home, there was nothing standing in his way.”
After his family pitched in to help prepare the home, Shepherd was excited to move in.
“I’m just looking forward to playing catch me and hide-and-seek with my daughter,” said Shepherd.
Credit union members interested in more information on an IDA may contact Dupaco’s Member Services Department at email@example.com or (563) 557-7600 / 800-373-7600, ext. 206.
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