Home For the Holidays

Two Families Celebrate The Season In Their New Home

Published Sunday, December 16, 2018

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity home dedications are one of the special pieces of Habitat's program. These events show the impact stable, affordable housing makes on families lives in your community.

This month with generous support from you, two families are able to celebrate the holidays in an affordable home they can call their own. 

The Guzman and Peter's family celebrated among families, volunteers, and supporters inside their new Lucas County homes. 

For Leilani Guzman this home means a safer, stable space for her two daughters.

"This is the best Christmas present ever," says Leilani. 

Leilani’s home is made possible through a special partnership with Therma-Tru Corp., a founding and sustaining partner of Habitat for Humanity and headquartered in Maumee, OH. This long standing relationship is providing Leilani a chance at a better life story.

 “Therma-Tru provides entry door products that make home better through security, performance and design, and ‘home’ starts with the door,” said Kyle Rhine, Brand Public Relations & Advertising Specialist with Therma-Tru Corp. “We believe in being a good neighbor and support projects that help make lives better. Every entry door used in Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity homes is provided by Therma-Tru. In addition, nearly 80 of our associates volunteered their time to work on Leilani’s home. It’s an honor and a privilege to help build good and safe family homes in this neighborhood and all across the area.”

Safe, affordable shelter is also something The Peter's Family is thankful for this holiday.

After getting accepted into Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity's Homeownership Program in 2017, they worked hard to complete 500 sweat equity hours towards purchasing their home. Many of the hours were spent working alongside volunteers, many of them from Schindler. Schindler’s U.S. Headquarters located in Morristown, New Jersey sponsored a new home build with Habitat in Morristown in 2017. The positive experience communicated from our Morristown team sparked an interest with associates in our Holland, Ohio location.

"Schindler believes what is good for the community, is good for our people and therefore good for Schindler. If we as a company embody this spirit, it is our hope that our employees will embrace this spirit and we can contribute to positive change in our community," says Ken Meyer, Director, IT Services.


Heather and Franklin learned they could work with Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity to affordably buy a home on the open real estate market. They are now proud homeowners.