Sandford resident Penny Tyler walked into a brand new home.
Dave Dennis, the owner of Great Lakes Homes, built a new house after the home she lived in for 55 years was destroyed in the flood waters. Due to financial issues Penny was not going to be able to rebuilt until the community stepped up.
“She wasn’t going to be able to rebuild either financially or physically where some of the other homeowners it was going to be slow but they would still be able to do it physically or financially and I was really worried about what she would do. Now knowing she’s has not only a safe and warm home but a beautiful home makes me feel good for her," Angela Cole, a Midland attorney, said.
Penny was living in a camper on the property, but now she has roof over her head, brand new furniture and kitchen appliances.
“It was really amazing how many people came through and helped and got us through to where we are now," Tyler said.
Her dog even got a new place on the front porch.
Even though the old home was destroyed, Dennis was able to preserve the address from the home so Penny has a piece of the past as she looks toward the future.
Dennis said the floods may have happened months ago, but the people here still need assistance.
“We are not done up her there are people who are suffering people living in campers not able to live in their homes, this is one house and there’s still many more out there," Dennis said.