Michigan Banker Patricia Franklin-Lindsey Wins FHLBI 2017 Community Spirit Award

Patricia Franklin-Lindsey, Assistant Vice President and Regional CRA Manager for Chemical Bank, received the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) 2017 Community Spirit Award May 2 at the Building Michigan Communities Conference in Lansing, Michigan.

Pat Photo_cropped“FHLBI is pleased to honor Patricia Franklin-Lindsey (left) with the 2017 Community Spirit Award,” said FHLBI President and CEO Cindy L. Konich. “Patricia and Chemical Bank have served as great partners to Michigan families and communities for many years.”

Franklin-Lindsey has helped more than 500 homeowners in Saginaw, Genesee, Midland, and Shiawassee counties access FHLBI home improvement grants totaling more than $4.3 million over the last several years. In addition, Franklin-Lindsey has been instrumental in teaching more than 35 nonprofits and municipalities how to apply for FHLBI grants.

Southwest Michigan Community Development CorporationYvonne Powell, manager of Counseling and Education for Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation, nominated Franklin-Lindsey for the Community Spirit Award in recognition of the assistance and education she has provided to low- and moderate-income individuals and families in the community throughout her career.

Powell noted that Franklin-Lindsey was a beacon of light to low- to moderate-income families from Battle Creek and Calhoun County in Michigan.

“At the time we were attempting to connect families with FHLBI’s NIP, AMP, and HOP programs but we needed help completing the process,” she said. “We had 12 families that were approved, but we were not able to finish the applications. Pat was our hero. She was asked to step in and become the sponsor for our homeowners.”

“No matter what challenge we presented to her, she was always helpful, informative, and remained both positive and encouraging,” Powell said. “We felt like she had adopted us and we are so appreciative of all her work and dedication. We learned so much from her.”

Chemical BankBob Burgess, Vice President and CRA Officer for Chemical Bank, said Franklin-Lindsey is a model other employees are beginning to emulate. “Patricia is a dedicated and passionate professional who brings Chemical Bank into the limelight with her outstanding efforts for CRA and affordable housing needs,” he said. “She’s incredibly practical, pragmatic, and solution oriented.

“When things need to be pushed or managed hard, she’s not afraid to do that. Those are great qualities not everybody possesses. She’s all around a great teammate because she delivers every time and has been instrumental in teaching more than 35 nonprofits and municipalities how to apply for a FHLBI grant. Her paperwork and attention to detail is done the right way.”

Franklin-Lindsey is an active volunteer in the communities of Midland, Saginaw, and Flint, Michigan, where she teaches financial literacy classes to children, adults, and church groups. She has educated more than 8,000 individuals in financial literacy over her career.