KALAMAZOO, MI (December 29, 2021) - Amerifirst Home Mortgage CEO and Co-Founder Mark Jones has joined the MBA Opens Doors Foundation Board of Directors. Dedicated to providing the comforts of home to families in crisis, the Opens Doors Foundation provides mortgage and rent assistance grants to the caretakers of critically ill and injured children undergoing treatment.
Mark is one of three new members to join the Opens Doors board. He joins Rick Thornberry, Chief Executive Officer of Radian Group Inc., and Dr. Lamia Soghier, Medical Unit Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children's National Medical System.
"Mark, Rick, and Lamia bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from their respective fields and a deep passion for giving back to their communities. I look forward to collaborating with them and developing new strategies that will increase our impact and broaden our ability to serve more families with critically ill or injured children," said Debra W. Still, CMB, President and CEO of Pulte Financial Services and Opens Doors Foundation Chair, in a press release published 12/23/21 by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
"I'm honored to serve on the Mortgage Bankers Association's Open Doors Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those in need of housing assistance," said Mark. "It is so rewarding to lend a hand to others and the Open Doors mission is near and dear to my heart."
Mark is Vice Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for the 2022 membership year. The MBA is a national trade association that advocates on all facets of the real estate finance industry, including commercial, multi-family and residential sectors.
"One of the many wonderful things about Opens Doors is the dedication and passion our board members have for our mission and for reaching populations in need of housing assistance. Mark, Rick, and Lamia embody the true spirit of an Opens Doors champion," said MBA Opens Doors Foundation President Deborah Dubois.
The MBA Opens Doors Foundation, through its Home Grant Program, provides relief in a time of personal crisis. The Home Grant Program has become a critical part of a family's support structure, especially when a parent or guardian must take unpaid leave to be with a child. Grants of up to $2,500 are made monthly to families in need of mortgage or rental payment assistance. The Foundation has provided more than $15 million in mortgage and rental payment assistance to nearly 10,000 families since its inception in 2011.
About Amerifirst Home Mortgage
Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corporation, is a full-service residential mortgage originator and servicer. As an advocate for affordable homeownership and a mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, the company consistently ranks as a top producing lender of FHA and USDA Rural Development loans. It employs over 900 team members and operates in branches across the U.S. Committed to operating by a strong set of core values, it has ranked as a Best & Brightest Company to Work For in the Nation for the past six years, was named a Best Mortgage Company to Work For in 2021, and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine seven out of the past 10 years. It is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.