Volunteers from Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. Build Hope in Guatemala
Lender partners with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala helping volcano victims
SALT LAKE CITY – Nov. 29, 2018 – Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity on a service trip to Guatemala. The nationwide mortgage lender was privileged to send 30 representatives from PRMI Giving Network, the organization’s humanitarian initiative, as the first international team to assist in building “Valle de Las Flores” in Palin, Esquintla, a new community for survivors of the recent June 2018 Volcan de Fuego eruption.
For one week, PRMI’s volunteers traded desks and computers for gloves and shovels, as they worked side-by-side with Habitat’s team, local masons and survivors of the eruption. Together, they contributed to the construction of 24 homes and laid the foundation for a new community, offering disaster victims and their families a place to heal and build hope for the future.
“In spite of unimaginable tragedy, the community members from San Miguel Los Lotes welcomed us with open arms, displaying a spirit of resiliency I’ve rarely seen,” said PRMI President and CEO, Dave Zitting. “Working with these incredible families was a life-changing experience for all of our volunteers, and we’re honored that Habitat for Humanity Guatemala invited PRMI to be part of their project in such a meaningful way.”
Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, and continues to experience small, daily outbursts. The severe eruption in June 2018, however, produced a fast-moving collection of hot ash, gasses and volcanic matter known as pyroclastic flow, which quickly devastated homes and lives, including many in the town of San Miguel Los Lotes. Though national and international response was quick and plentiful, much of that assistance has waned, leaving Habitat for Humanity Guatemala as one of the only remaining organizations with boots on the ground focused on helping survivors.
“We are incredibly grateful for the team from PRMI and the support they offered during their recent visit,” said Michael Estill, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala’s Fuego disaster relief project manager. “Without help from our global and local partners, we wouldn’t be able to assist so many of these families in rebuilding their lives.”
PRMI invites anyone interested in helping victims of Volcan de Fuego to make a contribution through a reputable organization such as Habitat for Humanity Guatemala. For service opportunities closer to home, individuals may contact PRMI Giving Network for help identifying local areas of need.
About PRMI: Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) is a nationwide, multibillion-dollar operation cofounded in 1998 by Dave Zitting, Jeff Zitting and Steve Chapman. With nearly 250 branches, licensed in 49 states and over 1,500 employees, PRMI has been repeatedly recognized as a top mortgage lender and was recently inducted into the 2018 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame for Excellence in Compliance. For more information, call 1-800-255-2792, visit www.primaryresidentialmortgage.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. PRMI is an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS #3094.
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