LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — The following is a press release from FirstBank & Trust:

The employees of FirstBank & Trust made a Christmas donation to Open Door today [Wednesday] to help 12 families have a special Christmas this year. Bank employees chose Open Door as this year’s Christmas charity and employees donated money and gifts to help support Open Door’s work to provide for those in need. Those served by the bank’s donations are adults and their children living in a transitional housing program serving survivors of sex trafficking. These donations will also provide gifts for the homeless who seek assistance from Open Door.

FirstBank & Trust employees are providing 60 pre-filled bags for the homeless program that include basic necessities and a gift card for a meal. Bank employees also provided gifts and books for 12 mothers and 11 children ages 5 months to 16 years old.

Open Door Survivor Housing is an 18-month transitional housing program that provides holistic, wrap-around supportive services including counseling, life skills training, classes, transportation and childcare for survivors of sex trafficking. Additionally, The Open Door Community Center serves as a drop-in day shelter and resource center for anyone in need. Breakfast, showers, and hygiene items are available daily along with vital records assistance, life skills classes, and much more. The Community Center serves as HOME for people in homelessness.

About FirstBank & Trust
FirstBank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., is a state chartered community bank with more than $ 3 billion in assets, serving Lubbock and its surrounding communities. Through its subsidiary, PrimeWest Mortgage Corporation, the bank also engages in mortgage lending in Lubbock and the South Plains. FirstBank & Trust’s strengths are in commercial and industrial lending, as well as residential construction and development lending. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Lubbock, Texas. Additional information about FirstBank & Trust is available at www.firstbanktexas.com. FirstBank & Trust is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

Safe Harbor Statement
This release, and future oral and written statements of Heartland and its management, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about Heartland’s financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. Although these forward-looking statements are based upon the beliefs, expectations and assumptions of Heartland’s management, there are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the ability of management to control or predict, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in its forward-looking statements. These factors, which are detailed in the risk factors included in Heartland’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, include, among others: (i) the strength of the local and national economy; (ii) the economic impact of past and any future terrorist threats and attacks and any acts of war, (iii) changes in state and federal laws, regulations and governmental policies concerning the Company’s general business; (iv) changes in interest rates and prepayment rates of the Company’s assets; (v) increased competition in the financial services sector and the inability to attract new customers; (vi) changes in technology and the ability to develop and maintain secure and reliable electronic systems; (vii) the loss of key executives or employees; (viii) changes in consumer spending; (ix) unexpected results of acquisitions; (x) unexpected outcomes of existing or new litigation involving the Company; and (xi) changes in accounting policies and practices. All statements in this release, including forward-looking statements, speak only as of the date they are made, and Heartland undertakes no obligation to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

(Press release from FirstBank & Trust)