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April 11, 2018

A Hand Up to Local Families in Need

Freddie Mac was on hand to help celebrate the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) 100 Families Served groundbreaking on April 6 in Alexandria, Virginia. The event recognized a major milestone for the 25–year–old organization and was an opportunity for Freddie Mac to reaffirm its already successful partnership with Habitat NOVA.

Freddie Mac employees Jehree Surratt, Jacqueline Welch and Dominica GroomJehree Surratt, Jacqueline Welch and Dominica Groom

"By working together with our partners like Habitat for Humanity year–round, we help strengthen communities and deepen our company's roots in these communities," said Dominica Groom, Freddie Mac vice president of diversity and Inclusion, who spoke at the event. "It's a bond that makes Freddie Mac a better neighbor and a better company."

The backdrop for the celebration was the former home of a U.S. Air Force veteran. After a devastating fire at his home, the aging Vietnam War vet approached Habitat NOVA to sell his land at deep discount to the organization. It was decided that his old house would be torn down and the land would be divided into two new homes — one for the former owner and the other home to be purchased by a qualifying Habitat NOVA family.

Dominica GroomDominica Groom

Also on hand for the event was Jacqueline Welch, Freddie Mac senior vice president, human resources, diversity & inclusion, Adam Ebbin, Virginia State Senate, Mark Sickles, Virginia House of Delegates, and Dan Storck, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

"I want to again thank the Habitat NOVA team for letting Freddie Mac celebrate with you today," said Groom. "Homeownership is such an important part of building thriving communities, especially for underserved communities that are often overlooked. I want to thank you for the work that you do and for being such a great partner for all of these years. Together, we are making home possible. Here's to 100 more."