What Does Community Mean to You?
By: Kalynd Parrish
Here at Community Lending, we define “community” as a family — a shared collective of individuals who inspire, encourage, and rely on one another to achieve a goal. The goal? To ensure our clients are taken care of, like a family. We aren’t your typical loan officers … you know the ones, slightly stiff, like the drink they need, and boring, probably because that stiff drink hasn’t kicked in yet. We laugh until the tears stream down our faces, and we provide tissues when those tears aren’t shed over such humorous matters. We honor local charities and give back as much as we can, and we understand that everyone’s life matters. Does your other L.O. do that? We didn’t think so…
On November 17, 2021, we had the pleasure of hosting a backpacking event to support A Voice in the Wilderness, which helps individuals affected by human trafficking to cope with their situation. We rallied together and packed bags filled with daily essentials, such as shampoo, women’s hygiene products, hair brushes, toothbrushes, etc. — items that get ignored when their victimizers buy drugs instead of necessities with their income.
“A wise woman once told me, when someone is down, you rally around them and raise them up,” says Cheryl Euart, mortgage loan advisor at Community Lending. Not only are the loan advisors at Community Lending raising their clients’ standards of living, they are doing so in a fashion that gives them the confidence to believe owning a home is within their reach.
Meet Ramona Miller, founder of A Voice in the Wilderness, who exemplifies this spirit of community support and encouragement. Her noble acts of kindness involve doing the leg work in the Fort Myers area to lift, rally, and raise the spirits of human trafficking survivors.
“A lot of times, when people try to help, they make you feel like a person in need of help or that they’re doing you a favor,”Lucy
“A lot of times, when people try to help, they make you feel like a person in need of help or that they’re doing you a favor,” claims Lucy, a victim of trafficking who went from being on the streets at 17 and getting pregnant with her son to now being a proud college student with a 3.7 GPA. “Ramona made us feel like a person — like we are normal, and not a charity cause looking for their picture to be taken while feeding us. We trust her with our lives.” At Community Lending, we want to be at the forefront of community support the way that Ramona is. It’s our mission to give one person or one family as much as she has — like Lucy and so many other saved souls who have experienced her generosity.
Interested in getting involved, please check out Ramona’s website: www.avitwf.com or email her at ThePerfectPieces7@yahoo.com. And, of course, for any mortgage inquiry, please contact us today so we can make you feel all warm and fuzzy in your new home!