Habitat for Humanity presents keys to its newest homeowner

Apr 2, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Moreno family received the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home on March 26. They are, from left, Demarrion Moreno-Dean, Rashawn Moreno-Dean, Rochelle Moreno and Jalen Moreno-Dean. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Rochelle Moreno said it didn’t feel like a long process to finally own the home that she and Habitat for Humanity volunteers have been building since August, but she was glad the keys were finally in her hands. Moreno became the most recent Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity Homeowner during a Home Dedication Ceremony on March 26.

“The process didn’t seem long. They got it done quickly. The Whirlpool workers and all the volunteers did a great job,” Moreno said. “I’m so excited. I can’t wait to move in here.”

Moreno will move into the home with her three sons, seventeen-year-old Jalen Moreno-Dean and 13-year-old twins, Rashawn and Demarrion Moreno-Dean.

“I love it. I’m very excited,” Rashawn said. “Having my own room is the best part.”

Demarrion Moreno-Dean shows his excitement about his new home’s bathroom, which includes a Bluetooth-equipped mirror. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Each boy will have his very own bedroom, a soft slate-grey colored room equipped with a big closet, a tall window, and a ceiling fan.

“I’m really excited about my fan. Where I sleep now, it gets hot, and I don’t have a fan,” Rashawn said.

As much as he likes his bedroom, Demarrion is most excited about the bathroom, with its modern fixtures and Bluetooth-equipped mirror.

“I love the bathroom,’ Demarrion said. “My bedroom is big, and it has two vents, a closet, and four outlets.”

Jalen, too, was excited about his new home.

“I love it. It looks amazing,” he said.

The home dedication ceremony was hosted by Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Pam Kensler. Sarah Crist of Grace Bags 6:26 presented the family with a box full of cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products and snacks. The VFW Post 2947 Auxiliary presented an American Flag, and the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Tent #151 gave the family a welcome mat.

Sandusky County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Pam Kensler, wearing Habitat for Humanity earrings, hosted the Home Dedication Ceremony. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The home was made possible through the volunteer efforts of Whirlpool employees, Vanguard Career & Tech Center students and faculty, and many other volunteers. Whirlpool Clyde Division was the project’s Legacy Sponsor.

Kensler said Habitat will soon break ground on a home in Gibsonburg, and, in April, it will host a mortgage burning for a Habitat homeowner who paid off their mortgage and now fully owns their home.

“It’s great to see it come full circle. I’m super excited,” Kensler said.

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