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Thor Employees Pitch in on Elkhart Habitat Build

(L-R) Thor General Council Todd Woelfer, Chairman Peter Orthwein and President and CEO Bob Martin participated in Thursday’s Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County build for a local family

Over 50 Thor Industries Inc. employees gathered Thursday morning (Oct. 26) at the company’s headquarters in Elkhart, Ind., to begin construction of a Habitat for Humanity home for a local family in need.

The Thor crew worked split, two-hour shifts all day to complete the construction of the interior and exterior walls for the Steffen family’s new Habitat home. Melissa Steffen, a single mom, is a direct support professional at ADEC, an organization that serves individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Her son, Brayden, is a high school student with an interest in computer engineering.

At the end of the day, the completed components of the home were transferred to its permanent location where it will be assembled to accommodate the family. Thor also helped fund the project for the deserving family by helping on the purchase of supplies needed to build the home.

“As a company that values serving others, Thor Industries is honored to help local families create better lives for themselves and promote home ownership in partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said Bob Martin, Thor president and CEO, who participated in the build.

Martin said Thor supports Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County in its mission to create a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.

“One of our primary missions at Thor Industries is to help our neighbors in Elkhart,” said Rick Schutt, director of community engagement. “If every family in Elkhart County has a safe and stable home, we all benefit. Melissa and Brayden contribute so much to our community, and we are thrilled to help them with their new home.”

Thor employees frame out Habitat home

Like other Habitat recipients, the Steffen family has volunteered time in building houses for other families to earn their way toward home ownership.

Thor hired former local TV personality Schutt in August of 2017 to put an emphasis on giving back to the Elkhart community and larger national causes. Projects include funding children’s cancer camps through the KOA Care Camps charity while also spearheading a companywide initiative to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. According to Schutt, each business segment chose how it would provide assistance, donating food and clothing and also making cash contributions.  

“Over the last several years we have continued to stay engaged and do more for the community,” said Martin at the end of the event after the completed sections of the home were loaded onto the truck. “This Habitat build is twofold for us — helping Habitat and also this worthy family. But this was also a great team-building experience as we had about everyone here at corporate helping today. It’s a great experience for people to do good together and give back to their community.”

For more information about how your company can partner with Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County, Inc. click here or call 574-533-6109.

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