Making an Impact

2013-11-23T09:00:00Z Making an Impact nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 9:00 am

Family, friends and good food – Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and feasting.

It’s a day to give thanks for what we have and to share our personal bounty with those less fortunate.

What would happen if Thanksgiving were every day? What if we were able to apply that very same attitude of gratitude, counting our blessings and giving back like it’s always Thanksgiving?

Among the many things we are thankful for, a comfortable home in a nation where there is peace, clean water and the opportunity to be free, certainly ranks right up there with families, friends and good health.

Making an impact beyond the traditional “giving season,” the team at Steiner Homes is focused on taking care of others, supporting nonprofit efforts both locally and across the globe.

Led by Dan Steiner who has been enhancing neighborhoods throughout northwest Indiana with his distinctive style of homebuilding for more than 35 years, the core of the Steiner Homes team is now family. Dan’s wife Valerie keeps a watchful eye on the company’s finances, son Adam designs homes and manages the office while daughter Molly handles marketing and nephew Jason Bradley oversees things out in the field.

In addition, field operations manager Ryan Zentz, director sales Dave Gring and selections coordinator Jessica deKock have all been a part of the family almost since Steiner Homes was established.

As the company grew, so did the Steiner Homes family with a dedicated customer service contact Courtney Krull, permitting expert Karen DeVries, greater field support with Tom Bendis plus warranties professional John Meyer.

“We have grown so much, especially in the last four years,” Dan Steiner said. “Northwest Indiana has been very kind to us. We love to build homes, and we are grateful for the opportunities to build in so many different subdivisions throughout Lake County, Porter County and LaPorte County. Choosing the right location is an important step when it comes to building a great home, and we enjoy helping people create a design that fits their needs on the home site of their choice.”

While the Steiner Homes team makes an impact in our communities every day, improving the beauty and value of local neighborhoods with their fine craftsmanship and exquisite exteriors, they are also committed to giving back and their enthusiasm often results in others joining them.

“If you’ve been blessed, then you need to be willing to give and bless others,” Dan Steiner said. “Wherever there is a need or opportunity, we try to help for the better. I think that is how we should all live our lives.”

“We are very close as a group,” Molly Steiner added. “We enjoy doing things outside of work, and philanthropy is definitely something we are committed to as a group. Throughout the year we try to organize different things, and quite a few of us have also been on mission trips across the globe.”

Dan Steiner is by far the most traveled, lending his time and talent in support of Kids Alive orphanages around the world more than a dozen times.

“For me to go overseas is life changing,” he said. “I love seeing all the good we can do for children who are in desperate need of so many things. The Kids Alive International home base is in Valparaiso, and Al Lackey does such a wonderful job keeping all of us in touch.”

President of Kids Alive International since October of 1996, Lackey oversees the worldwide ministry of Kids Alive in seventeen countries across Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the Pacific Rim. Thanks to the ministry’s vision, starving children and struggling families around the world have been rescued and given hope for a better future.

“I went on a mission trip to an orphanage in the Philippines this summer, and it is truly life changing to see the conditions that these children live in compared with how we live,” Molly Steiner said. “Then, while visiting other missionaries in Greece, I was taken to a site in Athens where my father had built a basketball court several years ago. It was amazing to see people playing there. It’s one thing to hear about how my dad has impacted the lives of others, but it’s a whole different perspective when you get to see it firsthand halfway across the world.”

There are countless opportunities to give back and help those who are less fortunate. Donations of food, clothing and money during the “giving season” are a great start. However, when we give something far more precious than material things, when we give our time and talent, that’s when we gain a whole new understanding of what it means to be thankful.

Happy Holidays from the entire Steiner family!

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