Success Stories

Cagle Family Home

April Showers Bring May Flowers...and the Need for a New Roof

Barbara Cagle is an avid gardener and knows how important the early spring rains are to her flowers. This year however, the April showers threatened the safety of her home.

The Smith Family showing off their new home.

A Place to Call Home

New Orleans natives, Kerry and Trellis Smith, had long dreamed of purchasing a home but because of limited resources, low inventory, and the rising costs of houses in North Texas, this dream seemed out of reach.

Edna Contreras became a first-time homeowner in Spring of 2020 at the age of 71.  She realized that this long-time dream could become a reality with the help of USDA's Single-Family Housing Program.

It's Never Too Late

As a single mother of two children, Edna Contreras worked hard but didn't think it was possible for her to actually own her own home until she learned about USDA Rural Development.  

With her children grown, Edna was living in a place where she… more

Ramos Family outside their home in Wallkill, NY.

Homeownership Essential for this Essential Worker!

   Purchasing your first home is both exciting and challenging.  But, navigating a loan closing with over $20,000 in rehabilitation work during a pandemic certainly requires persistence and support… more

Shawn and Mariah Butenschoen’s willingness to adapt has helped their business and their community. Photo courtesy of Dean Koepfler.

Whatcom County Couple Boosts Their Business, Serves Their Community

One of the benefits of owning your own small business is the ability to be nimble and make quick financial and operational decisions when the need arises.

Long's Pic-Pac grocery store

Rural KY grocery store uses energy efficiencies to stay competitive

For over 30 years, Mike Long has worked in some way at the grocery store in downtown Pineville that carries his last name. After all, his father opened it.

“We have about 60 employees,” he said, “and we pride ourselves on being a strong part of our community. Part of that is putting… more

Party of Six proudly displaying their first home.

New Beginnings

Preparing to search for and purchase your first home can be a confusing and exhausting time, but for the 

Simmons Home

What Are You Waiting For

It was a Sunday afternoon when Berlynn Simmons was standing in line to check out at a local big box store located in the Low Country of South Carolina.  She noticed that a local Realtor was standing in the line behind her and decided to ask her some questions about the home buying process.  The… more

Scharff Home

Miracles Do Happen

The road towards homeownership for the Scharff family wasn't easy.  However, with the help of USDA Rural Development, miracles do happen. 

In 2015, Jessie Scharff returned home to take care of her mother, who's health had started to decline.  Sadly, her mother died a short time… more

Brian Ranger

Welcome to Tennessee!

Nothing says welcome to Tennessee better than owning a new home. When Brian Ranger decided it was
time to leave California and move to Tennessee, he knew he would need to purchase a new home. Mr.
Ranger contacted the USDA Rural Development office in Union City to begin the process of… more