FBFC Turns 160!
We have been making lives better in the communities we serve since 1859. That makes us older than the Civil War, older than the Great Depression, older than radio, television and the internet, and maybe even older than Keith Richards (no one really knows)! Please enjoy this page and the slivers of history we’ve included to show you where we came from. There are even opportunities for you to help us give money away, and win some money for yourself. Peruse away!
Hear From The Community
I opened my first account at the Mequon office of FBFC in Oct. 2012 because there was a special promotion if you opened a new checking account. Very quickly I decided that this was a friendly, efficient, and pleasant place to bank. I was impressed that they always knew my name even though I had a very small account. Within the year I opened a savings account too, and started telling other people how nice it was to bank there. Most of the people I talked to agreed with my assessment and opened new accounts for themselves. When I received a huge bill for my small safety deposit box from another bank, I opened up a new box at FBFC and continue to be delighted by their service and reasonable rates.
When my former locally-owned community bank was bought out by a multi-national mammoth institution, I had to again find another home-grown bank where I could feel I was again an important piece of their long-term plan and they would be a piece of my long-term plan as well. First Bank Financial Centre was a wonderful find and they have been in my corner on all levels of banking, from mortgages to various monetary accounts and financial recommendations.
Returning to the West Bend area after a long absence, I received a promotion through the mail inviting me to use FBFC's services. For me, the welcome and connection was instantly agreeable. The staff was welcoming, always identifies patrons by name and returns the "small town" atmosphere that seems absent in most of the financial industry. The pleasure and support from the personnel is as genuine as it gets.
I've been a customer of FBFC since 2017 during my divorce. I needed a new home for my kids and I, yet we were still owning the old family home. After Chase gave me the mortgage approval and I made an offer, they were 6 weeks delayed with the closing. Trying to keep my seller's trust in me was difficult. Finally it came out approved and then I didn't qualify for PMI insurance. So the mortgage fell trough. It was an unbelievable nightmare: movers were ordered, seller put the house back on the market! I went to David Brogan and First Bank. David fought for us. First Bank booked the loan from their own portfolio, and within 3 (THREE!) weeks we had closed, and moved into the new home that I thought we had lost already.
Dave and I began banking at First Bank Financial Centre (then the Bank of Oconomowoc) as soon as we were married and moved to Oconomowoc. I worked at "the bank on the corner" the first years of our married life but then, of course, had to leave when I was five months pregnant, as was the standard then. It's wonderful to have a community bank and we've had excellent, personalized service and are happy to call the employees friends. Congratulations First Bank...….160 years is an admirable thing!!!
Tell Us Your Story
Each month, we’ll be donating $1,600 to a charity voted on by you! Please see the charity options below for West Bend and cast your vote today. Each user is allowed one vote per device, per day. See official rules here.
Our mission is to “connect seniors with caring volunteers,” enabling our elderly citizens to remain in their homes longer, aging in place. Volunteers provide help with things like transportation to the doctor, help around the house, or our newest program – Interfaith Canines, bringing certified therapy dogs into the private home of dog-loving seniors who can no longer care for a pet.
The topic of suicide and effects of thought, attempt, and loss are too often silenced by shame, guilt, and stigma, but LiFE OF HOPE is creating a movement to change the landscape of prevention - proving that HOPE, healing, and LiFE are not only possible - they are best experienced in the celebration of the journey. In only four years, LiFE OF HOPE has connected its LiFE-Saving mission with more than 5,000 people; over 120 (ages 8-72) have come with thoughts/in crisis and to date, none have been lost to suicide.
Family Promise rebuilds lives with compassion by providing resources and services that prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families in Washington County. Family Promise helps homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence as well as provide food, shelter, and support services.
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Last Month's Winner
We are pleased to congratulate Elmbrook Humane Society as the recipient of our 160th Anniversary $1,600 charitable donation for March! We appreciate all you do for the community and thank you for making lives better!