By Cass Jacoby, RCS Reporter.
Lindsay Dernier is the proud recipient of the 250th roof replacement from her local Habitat for Humanity chapter. As a single mother of four children, Lindsay couldn’t afford to fix the damage on her Colburn Street home, so she turned to the city for help.
The Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity home-repair program, in partnership with the city of Toledo and Owens Corning, helped repair Lindsay’s roof.
With the donation of materials from Owens Corning, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity has helped homeowners in need and expanded its roof replacement program over the past four years. It plans to replace 65 local roofs by this year’s end.
Community affairs lead at Owens Corning, Ann Malak, told the Toledo Blade, “It’s great to... bring safe, affordable, decent housing to wonderful families like Lindsay’s.” Work on Lindsay's home stands for the hundreds of families helped throughout the partnership between Owens Corning and Habitat. “Two hundred and fifty is a huge milestone,” Ann says.
The project is supported through the city’s Community Development Block Grant. The homeowner pays an affordable contribution, and by pooling resources from partnerships, something big like a roof replacement can be made possible.
Maumee Valley Habitat’s executive director Michael McIntyre, told the Toledo Blade, “We redeem and we revitalize Toledo’s great neighborhoods.”
Lindsay echoes this sentiment, saying without programs like Habitat for Humanity, she believes more people would live either in homeless shelters or unsafe houses. She grew up in Toledo, she said, and has lived in her current home for 10 years.
“It’s just a big sigh of relief, knowing that the next time it rains or we have high winds, the roof isn’t going to come crashing down,” Lindsay told Toledo Blade. “I just can’t express how much it means to my family.”
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Photo Credit: The Blade, Dave Zapotosky