Around St. Landry Parish, when people need financial advice and assistance, they often head to “The Homestead”- St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank. We’re a community bank that’s proud to offer Old-Fashioned service combined with all the modern products and amenities you would expect from a cutting-edge financial partner. Head in to The Homestead and experience banking like in no other place.
At “The Homestead” we have one simple Mission Statement:
“To maintain its focus as an independent, community-oriented financial institution serving customers in its primary area while continuing to operate in a safe and sound manner that encourages continued financial growth.”
At St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank, we believe in the communities that we serve. Our philosophy is simple – “investing your money in the local economy to help keep this area sound.” Our commitment to you is important to us and by working together we can maintain the growth and independence of this area. This centrality of focus means that your money stays right here at home… a benefit to you and to the community where you live.
St. Landry Homestead was established in 1922 and has been in continuous operation since then. It is a locally established financial institution which has made a commitment to maintain all the values people appreciate in a community bank – honesty, personal service and a true concern for our customers and community- while still keeping pace with today’s changing financial world. After more than eighty years, there have only been four bank presidents.
The Homestead has weathered the Great Depression, two World Wars, the slumping economy of the 80′s and the inevitable rises and slumps in the economy when dealing with a non-diverse economic area without comprising its values or goals. It is continuously updating its products and services to make sure that all sectors of its community is reached
Banking with the Homestead is a good decision because the institution and employees care about customers and the community as is evident from the most recent Community Reinvestment Act Exam rating which was “Outstanding”- the highest level a financial institution can achieve.
The main office is located at 235 North Court Street in Opelousas, Louisiana. Two (2) branches serve the outlying areas, one in Port Barre at 418 Saizon Street, and at 101 North Sixth Street in Eunice.
BACKGROUND OF ST. LANDRY PARISH
St. Landry Parish is the site of one of the oldest European settlements in Louisiana, le Poste des Opelousas, an administrative territory established by the French government in 1720. At first it was an obscure military outpost governed in turn by the French and the Spanish, but, by 1791, the area was settled by English, Scottish, Irish, and German people. They found the area perfect for agriculture and raising cattle, and the government post soon developed as a commercial center serving farms and plantations. In 1804, about a year after the Louisiana Purchase, the parish was named for St. Landry.
With its dramatic history and diverse cultures, St. Landry Parish boasts a difference, which few, if any, places in America can claim today. The influences here- Native American, European, African, Acadian and American-have mixed and matched for almost three centuries to produce the spirit of survival against all odds, a unique spirit that could only come from hardship, that gives St. Landry Parish its own unique survivalist character and personality.