Dothan, AL, December 22, 2022 – Five Star Credit, in partnership with JOY FM, have awarded Donna Clevenger as the recipient of the 2022 Home Free promotion. Home Free is free rent or mortgage for a year for a JOY FM listener with Five Star Credit Union providing the sponsorship money. Ms. Clevenger, who lives in Headland, AL, receives the Home Free to cover her living expenses for 2023. Ms. Clevenger has been a foster parent for more than 10 years. She and her husband have adopted nine children from the foster care system. Ms. Clevenger’s husband recently passed away after battling cancer for five years. The family has lived on disability and social security since his cancer diagnosis.
“Ms. Clevenger was chosen for her giving heart and dedication to putting others first,” said Robert A. Steensma, president/CEO of Five Star Credit Union. “She has tried very hard to provide for children that have been in the foster system. Giving them hope for a life filled with love. She and her husband have been models of what one family can provide for many. Five Star is happy to award this to Ms. Clevenger so that it will brighten her family’s future.”
The Clevenger’s opened their home to many children over the years. Oftentimes they took in children from surrounding communities that did not have a place to stay. Following Mr. Clevenger’s cancer diagnosis, he lost his job and Donna had to become his caregiver. In 2019, the Clevenger’s lost one of their daughters to an auto accident. Through all their turbulations, the Clevenger’s rarely asked for help or handouts.
“We are so honored to partner with Five Star Credit Union and offer HOME FREE to our listening family,” said Mark Giles, general manager of JOY FM. “It is just one more way that we can serve our listeners, and Help People Find Joy. There are so many deserving folks that are nominated each year. We pray for each one of them. And what a blessing it is to hear about their stories and then meet the winner. We thank God for Five Star and its investment in our communities.”
Ms. Clevenger was chosen from more than 400 nominations that were submitted by JOY FM listeners during 2022. This is the second year that Five Star and JOY FM have awarded a Wiregrass Family with Home Free to cover living expenses for a year.
About Five Star Credit Union – Established in 1964, Five Star Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution headquartered in Dothan, AL. Five Star has 17 locations in Alabama and Georgia that provide free checking with interest, high yield savings, free online and mobile banking, and thousands of surcharge-free ATMs. Five Star serves a growing membership of more than 55,000 members.
Membership is open to those who live, work, worship or attend school in 8 counties in southeast Alabama and to those who live and work in 15 counties in southern Georgia. Learn more at Five Star’s website.