Sylvania mother "overwhelmed" after volunteers, Habitat for Humanity, repair home

Home Repair Ministry

Published Monday, March 12, 2018

SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG) - Maria Stoute has stood on her front porch many times before. But Tuesday, it felt different.

"I'm so blessed," she said. "It's just an overwhelming feeling for everybody who did all of this."

Six months ago her home was falling apart. The shingle siding was rotting, the roof was leaking and water was almost always coming inside. On top of that, she and her son were recently a victim of a break in. The crime shook her 11-year-old to the core.

"Every morning they have this prayer," Stoute said of St. Joseph of Sylvania school. "He asked for the safety for me and him."

Those words changed everything. Soon, volunteers from all over the St. Joe's community rallied around the Stoutes. With the help of Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, they turned her house into a home again.

"When you see it, it takes your breath away," Mary Jane Delverne, Good Samaritan Ministry, said.

The kind hearts with the Good Samaritan Ministry led the charge along with Habitat. Before too long, there were new windows, new siding and it was dry inside again.

"You always feel better being apart of helping someone," DelVerne said.

"I think it's another exhibit of what a great, caring community we have here in northwest Ohio," Mike McIntyre, executive director, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, said.

Tuesday, Habitat dedicated the house. Maria says it was the perfect finishing touch.

"Every time the snow, the rain would come I will always remember all the people who helped me. Be thankful for them because without for them I would still be crying," Stoute told 13abc.