Community residents get ready to buy a home!

Monroe, LA- Twenty-Seven (27) community residents celebrated the accomplishment of completing the recently held 1st Time Homebuyer Workshop sponsored by Renewal Inc. and Origin Bank.

The 2-day training was held on Saturday, January 27 and February 3, 2018 at the Lighthouse Church; Bishop Alvin Walker is the pastor. Speakers for the event included course trainers Sonya Jacobs and Ericka Kelly. Additional guest speakers included loan officer Gina Qualls of Origin Bank, and realtor Lakesha January of Vanguard Realty. Past program graduate Deandria Gray also provided a testimony of how the class has helped her prepare for homeownership.

Renewal offers this 8-hour homebuyer education class twice a year. The course reviews the topics of how much you can afford, understanding the steps in the homebuying process, and credit tips. The classes are conveniently offered on weekends free of charge. All classes require advance registration. Certificates of completion (sometimes required for down payment assistance programs) are valid for 2 years.

If you are thinking of buying a home, plan to attend the next 1st Time Homebuyer sponsored by Renewal, Inc. and Origin Bank which is slated for the Summer of 2018. Sponsorships are also available. For more information about Renewal, visit us online at or call us at 318-387-2999.