OPEIU member Carlos Santiago is a security guard in New York City. He’s grateful to have had steady work throughout the pandemic, but has endured his fair share of ups and downs in the process. One of his "ups" was winning a sweepstakes for Union Plus Mortgage holders. "I'm going to use the money to upgrade my place — do some painting and get some things fixed," Santiago said.
Security guard Carlos Santiago has worked straight through the pandemic.
"While it's had its ups and downs, I’m grateful to be moving forward," Santiago says.
Santiago, a 10-year Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153 member from the Bronx, New York, is dedicated to his work and to helping other union members, often attending rallies and assisting at his local.
Nearly seven years ago, he signed up for the Union Plus email newsletter and first learned about the Union Plus Mortgage Program.
"Right then and there, I knew that I wanted to buy my own place," he says. "I called Union Plus a year and a half later and they guided me through the whole mortgage process."
With financing available through Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, the Union Plus Mortgage Program helps union members and their parents and children purchase or refinance their homes while also offering exclusive union member benefits.
"I tell my colleagues that it’s stressful [to buy a home] but Union Plus and Wells Fargo walk you through it and in the end it’s a home run," Santiago says.
When he heard about recent sweepstakes for Union Plus mortgage holders, he decided to give it a shot.
"I got the call [that I won]. It was unbelievable," he recalls. "I'm going to use the money to upgrade my place — do some painting and get some things fixed."
Santiago heartily endorses Union Plus and the Union Plus Mortgage Program.
"I am Union Plus 100%," he said.
To learn more about the Union Plus Mortgage program, visit unionplus.org/mortgage.
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