By Susan Allardyce, Marketing Specialist
On July 7, 2017, Home Bank celebrated 109 years in business and furthered its commitment to community service by adopting the road beside the company’s headquarters in Lafayette. Through a partnership with Project Front Yard, bank staff have committed to keeping Feu Follet Road clear of debris and trash.
“From the beginning, Home Bank has focused on providing unparalleled customer service and community support. After 109 years of growth, the mission of our bank has not wavered,” says John Bordelon, president and CEO. “In big and small ways, we show our communities that we’re invested. We’re there for our customers, our employees and our neighbors. And, we mean it when we say we’re ‘Good for business. Good for life’.”
Lafayette Parish’s oldest financial institution was founded July 7, 1908, as Home Building & Loan with 97 original depositors and $8,000 in assets. Today, the nationally chartered bank operates 28 Home Bank locations across South Louisiana and Western Mississippi and has over $1.5 billion in assets.
Bordelon explains that the progress the bank has made mirrors the growth of the region over the past century. Just as Home Bank has benefited from periods of local economic growth, it did not relent in leaner times. Consistently, it assisted Lafayette’s progress through major events including the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression, the Oil Boom and Bust and other notable and historic events.
The bank has stayed competitive by embracing new technologies such as mobile banking and mobile payments, while keeping customer service a priority. Home Bank has also demonstrated strong dedication to local culture and non-profit initiatives as a sponsor or contributor to local festivals, service projects, events and charitable organizations.
(Photo: In 2016, Home Bank was named the Bank of the Year by the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation, its parent company, Home Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: “HBCP”), was added to the Russell 3000® Index, and it was named one of the Best Places to Work by the Baton Rouge Business Report)
(Photo: In 1958, Home Bank marked its 50th anniversary)
(Photo: Home Bank has operated as Home Building & Loan (1908), Home Savings & Loan (1961) and Home Savings Bank (1993) before adopting its current name in 2001)
(Photo: In 1972, Home Bank opened its second branch office on Coolidge St. in Lafayette’s Oil Center, offering drive-through service for customer convenience)
(Photo: Home Bank shares its community involvement on its Facebook page, Home Bank Helps. Here, staff members show off books donated to United Way during this year’s Day of Action)
(Photo: Financial literacy education, with partners like Junior Achievement, are a favorite volunteer opportunity for Home Bank staff)
(Photo: Home Bank employees created a giving fund for grants to local nonprofit and educational groups. The first grant cycle was completed this year, funding five nonprofit initiatives)
(Photo: Through a partnership with Project Front Yard, bank staff have committed to keeping Feu Follet Road in Lafayette clear of debris and trash)