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Homestead’s Own Guides Blind Runner in NYC Marathon
Do me a favor. Think about your day. Think about all of the things you do during your day. Now, think about what it would be like to do all of those things with your eyes closed. Could you do it? I know I couldn’t.
Over the weekend, Anthony (Tony) Felitte, a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Homestead Funding Corp., in partnership with Achilles International (NY Chapter), participated as a guide for Vladimir Chestnov, 58, in the New York City Marathon. Vladimir is from Russia, and he is completely blind. With the help of Tony and two other guides, only one of whom spoke Russian, Vladimir was able to complete the marathon this weekend in 4 hours and 27 minutes.
While this was an amazing accomplishment for Vladimir, the experience didn’t only change his life in a positive way, it also had a significant impact on Tony’s life.
Tony has been running and cycling his entire life. He’s competed in 17 marathons, as well as countless IRONMAN® competitions and cycling races. When I asked Tony how he got involved with Achilles, he said that throughout his years of competing in marathons, he was always in awe, and personally affected, when he saw a person with a disability competing. It made him realize that as hard as it was for him, it was that much more difficult for someone with a disability. Ultimately, Tony decided that he wanted to be able to help make someone’s personal dream of running a marathon not just a dream, but a reality. He said that “in your life, you strive to be a better person. I love the sport [of running], but that day it wasn’t about me, it was about him [Vladimir].”
I asked Tony to describe the experience to me, and what it was like helping guide someone who didn’t speak the same language as you. He said that although they didn’t speak the same language, and couldn’t communicate with their words, after they finished the race, when Mr. Chestnov grabbed his hand and with tears in his eyes pulled him in for an enormous hug; it was in that moment Tony understood just how much he had helped him.
Tony is just one of our many employees at Homestead who is contributing to our community and making a difference. To learn more about the different charities Homestead Funding Corp. is involved in as an organization, please visit our Homestead’s Helping Hands page.
About Homestead Funding Corp.
Homestead Funding Corp. is a multi-state licensed mortgage banker with branches located throughout the eastern U.S. In operation since 1995, our corporate headquarters is located in Albany, New York where we have perennially been the area's largest independent mortgage lender. We have tens of thousands of satisfied customers, originated billions of dollars in residential mortgage loans and maintained a reputation of exceptional service, honesty, integrity and financial reliability.
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When we think “winter,” most people don’t generally think “landscaping,” but preparing the exterior of your home is one of the most important projects to tackle before the harsh weather hits. Taking care of your yard now can make getting through the winter months significantly less stressful while also bringing ease to the coming spring. Focusing on these tasks can extend the life of your home and save you money down the line by avoiding costly repairs. Here are 3 key projects to look into this autumn:
- Take a look at your trees before the seasons change. If you live in an area where it snows or the winds can get excessive, low hanging branches could present a problem. Look for and trim any branches that hang over your house, driveway, or walkways as their weight could cause them to snap and damage your home or vehicle. It is best to trim trees in the fall or early spring as these are the least likely times trimming will cause damage to the tree.
- Inspect for any exterior damage that could be made worse during the winter. Check your roof for any repairs that may need to be made and be sure to replace any loose or missing shingles. Walk around your home and look for any low spots near your foundation. Fill these areas with soil so water runoff will slope away from your home. This will help prevent water damage to your home’s foundation or basement, which could potentially become a costly repair.
- Work on cleaning up your lawn before the winter weather hits. Rake leaves and get rid of dead shrubs, bushes, or broken branches that litter your yard. Aerate, fertilize, and reseed your lawn, especially in any dead spots. This may not seem like much fun now, but it will make your life significantly easier once winter turns to spring.
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Pumpkin season is here and so are the delicious breads, cakes, and pies that come with it. However, if you’re looking for lighter pumpkin treat this fall, this Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is the answer!
8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
2 cups whipped cream
6-8 ginger cookies, crushed (optional)
cinnamon or nutmeg
Whip together cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Add sugar to mixture and beat until sugar is fully incorporated. Blend vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger into cream cheese and pumpkin mixture. Slowly fold in whipped cream and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Seal ginger cookies in a plastic bag and crush into large crumbs. Leftover crumbs can be crushed further to create a cookie dust topping. Place a layer of cookie crumbs on the bottom of each serving dish. Spoon pumpkin mixture on top of cookie layer and top with whipped cream and/or cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger cookie dust.