Building Hope and Faith
This year, Catholic Charities teamed up with Maumee Valley and Firelands Habitat for Humanity to provide homes for two Northwest Ohio families.
Catholic Charities was the lead sponsor for a Habitat rehab project in Toledo and a partner in a new home construction build in Norwalk. Hundreds of volunteers pitched in to help the families own a new home.
“We are thankful that Maumee Valley and Firelands Habitat for Humanity have agreed to partner with us in our 100th Anniversary year,” says Rodney Schuster, Executive Director of Catholic Charities. “Habitat’s approach fits with our mission, which is to provide a hand up, not just a hand out. This provides dignity to the people being served by these new home projects.”
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Participants purchase their homes with a 0% interest rate loan from Habitat for Humanity. To be eligible, individuals or families must currently have poor living conditions such as overcrowding, a dangerous neighborhood, a poorly maintained rental or unaffordable rent. Habitat prepares future homeowners through education and “sweat equity” ‒ time working on the construction of their home and other Habitat projects.
Single mother and Norwalk resident, Trena Garrison, was elated after receiving news from Firelands Habitat for Humanity that she would be the owner of a brand new home.
“I knew I could never afford a home on my own,” says Trena. “I think it’s wonderful that so many people were willing to help.”
The blessing and groundbreaking ceremony took place in April, and by mid-summer, Trena’s home was complete. Catholic Charities helped coordinate volunteers from churches of all faiths in Huron County for the build.
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In Toledo, volunteers from Maumee St. Joseph, Sylvania St. Joseph, Perrysburg St. Rose and St. John XXIII, and Toledo St. Joan of Arc helped rehab a South Toledo home for Jon, Trisha and Jon Jr.
Jon and Trisha wanted to ensure that their son, Jon Jr., grew up in a safe neighborhood. However, it was hard for the family to find adequate and affordable housing.
“It means the world to me and my family,” Trisha says. “There is so much love on these builds. It’s inspiring.”
The family is now settled in their new home for the holiday season.
The Toledo rehabilitation was also made possible thanks to:
Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio
Alliance of Construction Professionals
Bricklayers/Tile Setters Local 3
Cement Masons Local 886
Iron Workers Local 55
Floorcovering Contractors * Floorlayers Local 351
Glazing Contractors * Glaziers Local 948
Painting Contractors * Painters Local 7
Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 50
Sheet Metal Contractors Associations of Northwest Ohio
Sheet Metal Workers Local 33
Habitat for Humanity Firelands Build
Habitat For Humanity Maumee Valley Home Rehab