Habitat for Humanity of Dane County dedicates home sponsored by Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation
A family will soon have a new house to call home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity Dane County and the sponsorship of the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation
For Brooke, Mario and their three children, homeownership and higher education were far away dreams, while high housing costs were an everyday reality.
Thanks to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Habitat for Humanity Chapter, Brooke and Mario’s family will soon be moving into their own Habitat home in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The home dedication took place on Saturday, May 5.
For soon-to-be Habitat homeowners Brooke, Mario and their three children, 18-year-old Yoana; six-year-old Aracely; and three-year-old Thiago, getting their housing costs under control opened their family up to life-changing possibilities, including higher education.
“Our oldest, Yoana, is a currently a senior. She is on the honor roll and has such a bright future ahead of her. Before Habitat, Yoana planned to get a full-time job and help us with our bills. However, Yoana is now planning to attend UW-Madison and wants to be a veterinarian. She has been applying for scholarships and enrolled in three AP classes this year,” Brooke explained. “Now, our six-year-old wants to follow in her sister’s footsteps.”
The family is also excited about no longer sharing rooms. “For the first time, our son, Thiago, will have his own room and no longer share a room with us,” Brooke said.
Prior to breaking ground on the construction site, staff members from American Family Insurance and the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation built the home frame in their parking lot. The frame was then moved over to its permanent location in Fitchburg.
“Habitat for Humanity is the kind of organization the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation is proud to support, for all the important work they do in our communities,” said Bill Westrate, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation president. “We were honored to work alongside this deserving family and so many volunteers who dedicated their time to this building project. We are pleased to know our foundation’s contributions, as a result of proceeds from the American Family Insurance Championship, have helped make Brooke, Mario and their children’s dream of home ownership a happy reality.”
During the home building process, Brooke and Mario took educational courses preparing her for homeownership and completed 375 hours on the construction site building their house.
Nate Pokrass, executive director of the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, as well as Judd Schemmel, American Family Insurance community investment director, and Katie Elliott, community investment specialist were representatives of the foundation at the event.
"Our foundation supports initiatives and organizations aimed at building strong families and healthy kids, empowering them to chase and achieve their dreams," said Pokrass. "Over the past two years, our foundation has been privileged to distribute 100 grants totaling over $2.7 million. Today, we are proud to see our grant to Habitat For Humanity fulfilling our foundation's mission by supporting the hard work and dedication of Brooke, Mario and their family."
"On behalf of the board of directors of the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, we are honored to play a role in this family’s journey and wish them much future success and happiness in their new home."
Since 1987 Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has been building in partnership with low to moderate income families in 18 different communities throughout Dane County. Currently Habitat is building in Sun Prairie, Fitchburg and Madison.
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About the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation
The Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation supports programs, initiatives and organizations that help build strong families and healthy kids. The partnership between Steve Stricker and American Family Insurance – including the establishment of the foundation – was announced in 2013.
About Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
At Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, they don’t offer handouts, they offer a hand up. Through their volunteer network, generous donors and sales from their two Habitat ReStores, they’re helping families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance to build a better life through shelter. In Dane County alone, one in eight people live in poverty, including 16% of all Dane County children. Learn more by calling 608.255.1549 or visit www.habitatdane.org.