Success Stories

The key to homeownership

After living in a rental home for three and one-half years Holly McCance wanted more for her daughter, Destani and herself and that was a home of their own. Holly worked with a local Realtor to find a house that would meet her family’s needs.

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The Gallatin Valley YMCA facility is expected to serve an additional 12,500 people in the area each year.

The Gallatin Valley YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) has been operating without a recreational facility of its own since it started in 2002. The lack of a facility to call its own has limited the amount of programs the organization can offer to the Gallatin Valley.

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Owners Machelle LeProwse and Millie Rigby proudly highlighting some of the copper items sold in the store.

For years, Butte Copper Company was known as a tourist stop. People traveling through Montana would stop there after visiting the “Richest Hill on Earth” and purchase various souvenirs.

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BGood Bars, a rural woman-owned and operated business, is now selling its products in stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

An outdoor enthusiast, Judy Goodman would often prepare her own nutritious, high-energy trail bars for her outdoor excursions.

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Kansas Housing Loan Recipient

Jamie Tittel was born and raised in Riley, Kansas.  A small, rural town with less than a 1,000 residents.  Tittel continued to live in Riley after she graduated high school.  She had been renting a place, but had dreams of owning her own home someday. 

 

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Ohio Rural Development Single Family Housing Loan Specialist Missy Sanders, left,  presents a check to Logan County Habitat for Humanity          Executive Director Jeff Snapp.     Snapp and other Habitat workers were on hand as Rural Development employee

   In June, USDA Ohio Rural Development employees from the Findlay Area office and state office traveled to Bellefontaine (Logan County) to help prime and paint a Habitat for Humanity home for Wayne Wells, his wife Deborah, and their teenage son, Levi.

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Celebrating homeownership with Heather Trotter

Heather Trotter, a Des Moines native and mother of two very active young boys, always dreamed of raising her family in a smaller, rural community. 

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Spire Climbing Center

Meg Swanson and Jeff Ho have dreamed of utilizing solar energy to cover the utility costs at Spire Climbing Center since it opened its doors in December 2004. Since then, the climbing facility has gone through two large expansions, the most recent expansion tripling its size.

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Headframe Spirits

Butte has had its share of economic woes in the past, and finding new ways to encourage and develop creative opportunities for job creation is key to a brighter future.

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The USDA-RD booth featured all program areas relevant to clean energy generation and energy efficiency upgrades.

USDA Rural Development was prominently featured during the recent MI Clean Energy Conference & Fair held in Traverse City, MI. Two staff members presented programs and services during the conference panels and all programs were featured at the conference booth.

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