Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™ partners with Habitat for Humanity to install garage door for couple in need

Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™ partners with Habitat for Humanity to install garage door for couple in need

Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™ installed a 9’x8’ white garage door and garage door opener for a Portage house being built by Porter County Habitat for Humanity on Thursday, December 10. Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™ and Habitat for Humanity were also joined by local churches in Portage and Valparaiso, who were involved in the effort through both volunteer efforts and financial contribution.

Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana™ Donation to Porter County Habitat 2020

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Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana™ Donation to Porter County Habitat 2020Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana™ Donation to Porter County Habitat 2020Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana™ Donation to Porter County Habitat 2020Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana™ Donation to Porter County Habitat 2020

Door Technician Jeremy Ortiz has built four doors with Habitat for Humanity during his nearly five years at Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™. He was happy to be part of the team building this home in Portage for a handicapped elderly couple.

“The last one I did was for a single mother who had four children she was taking care of,” Ortiz said. “Most of the time, they are family homes for someone raising children who need extra support. This is the first time I have done one for an older couple, which is pretty cool.”

Habitat for Humanity Board Member Tom Brown shared Ortiz’s enthusiasm. He is from has been working with the organization to build houses all over Porter County for about 15 years. The organization has built about 30 houses within Porter County in the last 10-12 years.

“It is a worthy cause, and I have a friend at my church who was on the board who kind of recruited me,” Brown said.

Habitat for Humanity picks a location in the county based on where they find properties for sale or someone will donate the property to the organization. To make these projects happen, Habitat for Humanity works with a Lutheran insurance company called Thrivent, which Brown described as being similar to the Knights of Columbus for the Catholic Church.

“Thrivent has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the last 10 or so years globally,” Brown said. “They have these Faith Builds in which they will donate up to $50,000 for the house and then the churches in the area donate money. Thrivent matches what the churches donate. If the church puts in $50,000, Thrivent puts in $50,000.”

Once the house is completed, the couple will move into their new home and pay low mortgage, which Brown described as being cheaper than their rent.

“It’s a great family, and I think it’s going to be a great step up for them in their quality of living,” Brown said.

Ortiz was glad to be able to install a garage door for this family because he knew it would help them get that step up.

“The best part is just knowing that it’s helping someone who needs it,” Ortiz said. “That’s the whole point. People who are less fortunate and need that bit of help in life are getting it in the biggest of ways: a house that’s affordable for them and accommodates their needs. This is a beautiful day to get it done, and I’m happy I’m out here to do it today.”

To learn more about Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana ™, visit https://www.overheaddoor.com/home.