Dennis Garlick, Board Member, OCCIF

Dennis Garlick was previously Senior Vice President with W.E. O’Neil Construction, a nationally ranked general contractor with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas. Dennis brings decades of experience in complex contracting projects to OCCIF. According to Dennis, it was seeing Father John Dresko’s presentation at the last All American Council that made him want to get involved with OCCIF.
“Whether it’s through the churches or it’s through other organizations, we’re all asked to make donations,” said Dennis. “Yet [OCCIF] is more of a reverse loan, if you will. You’re allowing your gift to help others, but yet at the end of the day, you still get your investment back and then some. This is drastically different from what we’re bombarded with day in and day out.”
Dennis also appreciates the way that OCCIF can help the Orthodox Church get past the many hurdles in the capital improvement loan process. “I’ve been in my parish my whole life and we’ve struggled financially for a lot of years,” notes Dennis.” I’ve always heard how hard it’s for churches to get loans, so being able to [use OCCIF] to avoid that process is incredible.”
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