Toyota Takes On Two

In celebration of Toyota Motor North America Research and Development (TMNA R&D) 40th Anniversary here in Michigan, TMNA R&D is sponsoring the future homes of two single moms, Adriana Ponce and Tiffany Cole. Ponce and 6-year-old daughter Ysela moved to Michigan in 2013. Ponce is employed by the University of Michigan and loves spending time swimming and coloring and playing dolls with Ysela. Cole is mom to 1-year-old Jeremiah and currently expecting a daughter due this month. Like all Habitat homeowners, Ponce and Cole are each required to complete 250 ‘sweat equity’ hours, attend financial management and home maintenance classes and provide a $1,000 down payment on their homes. “We are so excited to be part of this journey and are very grateful to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity! Homeownership will provide us both with stability,” stated Adriana.

“The continued commitment of Toyota to help renovate homes is invaluable in our work toward creating affordable homeownership in Washtenaw County,” said Sarah Stanton, Executive Director of Habitat Huron Valley. “Toyota’s investment in our organization has made a tremendous local impact on our communities. Toyota’s strong support has helped us grow from building a handful of houses 30 years ago to renovating 19 houses and providing home improvements to an additional 1,000 existing homeowners this year.”

Since 2007, Toyota has helped build or renovate 11 homes in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have donated more than $386,800 and have given more than 17,000 employee volunteer hours with Habitat Huron Valley. This year, TMNA R&D doubled its impact with more than 300 employees volunteering for more than 1,800 hours at the houses.

“Through our partnership with Habitat Huron Valley, Toyota has strengthened bonds between co-workers, made lasting friendships and picked up a new skill or two on build days,” said Charan Lota, Executive Manager Toyota Motor North America R&D and Habitat Huron Valley Board Member. “We look forward to continuing this relationship for years to come. Thank you to Habitat Huron Valley for the opportunity to make a difference. We value our strong partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and nationally.”

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