Ask a Habitat homeowner about their experience, and you’ll often hear them say, “It’s been a journey.”

And that’s because our families have worked hard toward their goal of homeownership, sometimes enduring years of rental instability or substandard living conditions before partnering with Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley.

That’s the journey that comes to mind as we prepare for Cycle of Hope. When a cyclist crests a hill to take in a stunning view, we see the homeowner who holds her house keys in her hand for the first time and envisions her future in a new light.

And it’s a journey that our partners at Patelco Credit Union have been a part of for years. Since 2013, Patelco Credit Union has been a fundamental part of our work at Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley, in so many different ways. From engaging hundreds of volunteers on our build sites – building new opportunities through new home construction and keeping homeowners in their homes through Home Preservation – to corporate donations, to sponsoring major building events, Patelco Credit Union's partnership has been critical. Patelco Credit Union has even been the primary lender for our Habitat families and provided down payment assistance funding.

That’s why we’re so proud to announce that Patelco Credit Union has signed on as our Presenting Sponsor for the fourth year in a row to bring us the 2021 Cycle of Hope.

As an organization that prides itself on “moving you forward, faster,” Patelco Credit Union’s mission makes a terrific companion to our benefit ride. As our cyclists will be on the ground, pedaling for affordable housing, Patelco Credit Union will be supporting the cause alongside them. Thank you, Patelco Credit Union, for continuing to move us forward, toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.