After two major fires, On Q Financial partners with The Kelly Clarkson show to help Reno family

If you caught The Kelly Clarkson Show on February 8th, you heard a bit about the O’Brien family and their story. We are honored to have been a part of the family’s recovery!

The Kelly Clarkson Show & On Q Financial

When we heard about the O’Briens’ story, we knew we had to be a part of their recovery. That’s why we’re glad to have partnered with the Kelly Clarkson Show to assist this family with their rebuild!

For On Q Financial, the Dream is Inclusive. Our Mortgages Simplified vision means removing as many barriers to homeownership as possible by making the process faster and simpler. The O’Briens are just one of the families we’ve helped achieve the Dream of Homeownership.

Here’s what On Q Financial founder and President John Bergman had to say, “It’s a special honor that we at On Q Financial are in a position to help this family during their time of need. We wish the O’Briens and their lovely family many happy and healthy years ahead in their new home, creating memories that will surely last a lifetime.”

Kelly Clarkson O’Brien family

On Q Gives Back

On Q Financial has a long history of contributing to its local communities. Whether it’s our Dream is Inclusive Scholarship or our various charity drives, we are always looking for ways to give back. We believe the Dream of Homeownership is for Everyone, and we strive to make that vision a reality. Our website and critical mortgage documents are available in multiple languages, and On Q Financial mortgage consultants are experts ready to help with your Home Buying Journey. Learn more about On Q Financial and what sets us apart from the competition!

Mimi & Scott O’Brien

Mimi and Scott O’Brien are Nevada natives, having been born and raised in Reno. Scott is a school district police officer, and Mimi owns The Lark, a small shop in the community. The couple set down roots just down the road from Mimi’s childhood home, excited to raise their two young children in the same neighborhood in which they grew up.

2018 Electrical Fire

Unfortunately, the couple lost part of their dream home to an electrical fire in April of 2018. Determined, the O’Briens rebuilt their home with the help and generosity of their neighbors and friends. They worked side jobs and saved until they managed to rebuild with all of their dream appliances, ready to resume their lives. Unfortunately, tragedy would strike again.

Pinehaven Fire

Within two years of the original fire, the family suffered another home loss. While Scott was on duty, the Pinehaven fire neared the neighborhood, leaving a 9-month pregnant Mimi to evacuate alone. Fortunately, Mimi was able to evacuate with her sons and dogs, while Scott assisted with the area evacuation. This time, however, they lost the entire home, and they weren’t the only ones. The O’Briens are one of five lost homes due to this wildfire that was thankfully halted due to a well-timed rain.

Road to Recovery

Thankfully, the community rallied around the O’Briens and started a GoFundMe to raise money for rebuilding. While the effort was unprecedented, it still was not enough to completely rebuild the home. While they save for the eventual rebuilding, the family plans to live with Mimi’s mother.

About the Author

Before opening On Q Financial in 2005, John Bergman originated and funded 450 units a year as a loan officer. He founded the company with just $1M of personal life savings—committed to his vision for building the best independent mortgage organization in the industry.

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