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May 13, 2022   •   News   Press Release  

SAFE Offers New Homeowners a Way to Pay it Forward

Folsom, Calif. (May 13, 2022) – SAFE Credit Union members can help others on the road to homeownership when they purchase a home or refinance an existing mortgage this summer. 

SAFE is offering members $5001 to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento®2 when they obtain a new mortgage or refinance an existing mortgage with another lender through July 9, 2022. Alternatively, members may choose to use the $500 toward their closing costs or have it deposited into a SAFE account.3

“SAFE Credit Union strongly supports the American dream of owning a home,” says SAFE Credit Union Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Consumer Lending Tiffani Vargas. “We are excited to align our passion for community, homeownership, and financial wellness with Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building hope through homes.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento serves thousands of residents each year. The nonprofit, in its 37th year, received more than 7,000 pre-applications from families seeking housing last year. In 2020, they impacted more than 3,500 individuals through build, repair, and community projects in the greater Sacramento region.

H4H Volunteers SAFE Credit Union employees volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento in 2021.

“We are excited to partner in a unique and creative way with SAFE to help in our mission to build and preserve affordable homeownership for low-income families, seniors and veterans,” says Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento Chief Development Officer Laine Himmelmann. “Whether by donating through SAFE, swinging a hammer as a volunteer or donating extra materials or shopping at our ReStore- there is no shortage of ways to get involved and help build hope and homes in our region.”

Laine Himmelmann photo Laine Himmelmann, Chief Development Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento.

Customers can shop at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or donate excess home furnishings, appliances, and building materials to the ReStore for resale to help build homes.

ReStore employee Habitat for Humanity Greater Sacramento's ReStore offers shopping and accepts donations.

More information about SAFE home loans and donating to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento is available at 500. Those interested in a SAFE home loan can also schedule an appointment at, or call (916) 979-7233 or (800) SEE-SAFE.


1 For existing SAFE Credit Union members only. Must be a member for 30 or more days prior to mortgage application date and be a member in good standing. Minimum loan amount to qualify for offer is $100,000. Offer available for purchases and refinance transactions from another lender only; refinance of an existing SAFE mortgage is not eligible. Excludes HUD, FHA, and VA transactions. A complete mortgage application must be submitted by 7/9/2022. Can be combined with other mortgage loan offers, some restrictions apply. Loan is subject to credit approval. See SAFE for details and other restrictions.

2 Donation will be made by SAFE directly to Habitat for Humanity® of Greater Sacramento. Member will be ineligible to claim on tax returns.

3 $500 is posted to a SAFE checking or savings account on the fifth business day after the date the loan funds. Account receiving funds must be open and in good standing at time of deposit.


About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.5 billion in assets and about 242,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Equal Housing Opportunity Lender. Insured by NCUA.

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