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April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

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Hometown bank builds home for formerly homeless woman

Home Federal Bank's Debra Smith and Chris Rohwer celebrate the dedication of Anne Hilliard's (center) new home in East Knoxville April 17. The dedication marked Home Federal Bank's 25th Habitat for Humanity home.

Home Federal Bank’s Debra Smith and Chris Rohwer celebrate the dedication of Anne Hilliard’s (center) new home in East Knoxville April 17. The dedication marked Home Federal Bank’s 25th Habitat for Humanity home.

Home Federal Bank employees on Friday, April 17, gathered with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity representatives and new homeowner Anne Hilliard for a dedication ceremony celebrating the completion of her new home in the Silver Leaf subdivision in East Knoxville.

The dedication of this home marks Home Federal Bank’s 25th consecutive year as a covenant partner with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Covenant partners provide half of the cash needed to build a house, currently $40,000, plus significant manpower to aid in construction. Home Federal Bank is Knoxville Habitat for Humanity’s longest-standing covenant partner.

“Home Federal Bank has long been committed to the principle of service – service to our customers and service to our community,” said President and CEO Dale Keasling. “After more than 90 years, our commitment has never been stronger. Habitat for Humanity is just another way that our bank can help our neighbors achieve dreams of homeownership, which has been the cornerstone of our business since 1924.”

Hilliard is described by those who know her as adaptive and ambitious, once homeless but never hopeless. She does a good job of describing what this Habitat Home means to her. “I know what it’s like not to have a place to live. When you have to rely on others, you never know what is going to happen, and it is not a safe situation. It is a reassuring feeling knowing you have a place to lay your head. I am very grateful for the peace in my heart that I have found again.”

“Because of our covenant partners like Home Federal Bank, we are able to make the dream of homeownership a reality for low and very-low income families who live in substandard housing in our community,” said Knoxville Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Kelle Shultz. “We are grateful for Home Federal Bank’s longstanding position as a covenant partner and are fortunate to have such a generous corporate citizen in our city.”

About Home Federal Bank of Tennessee

Founded in 1924, Home Federal Bank of Tennessee is a locally owned, full-service bank serving East Tennesseans through 23 offices in Knox, Anderson, Blount and Sevier counties. Every quarter since 1991, the bank has earned a 5-Star Superior rating – the highest possible – by independent authority BauerFinancial. For more information, visit