Robinson Family

Robinson Family

About This Campaign

family and current housing 
Titansha (Tai) Robinson's journey has not always been an easy one and has required both patience and hard work. Several years ago Tai applied for the Habitat program and was denied for income and debt issues. Rather than give up on her dream of homeownership, Tai enrolled in a life skills/ personal growth program and a financial course with local nonprofits. These courses equipped Tai with the skills to bring her goal within reach, and when Tai reapplied, she was approved to join the Habitat homeownership program. Currently, Tai and her family are living in a private rental with several structural problems and rent that is more than she can comfortably afford. The light fixture in the living room is damaged and hangs from the ceiling by wires. Plumbing issues in the basement have led to standing water, sewage backup, and excessive mold. Tai has worked as a call center sales representative and employee trainer for over five years to provide financially for her family. Now she is ready to purchase a new home where her children can thrive. Still living at home are Tai's two youngest children, Tyreese and Daijonna. Tai also has custody of her nephew, Michael, and niece, Mikayla. Tai describes Tyreese as a quiet teen who enjoys reading, watching TV, and playing video games. Daijonna, on the other hand, is an outgoing basketball player. Like his cousin, Michael enjoys video games and little Mikayla likes to play with dolls. Soon this tight-knit family will have a place they can call their permanent home and enjoy game or movie night as a family.

a bright future
Throughout her time with Habitat, Tai has proven her commitment to the program and is doing what it takes to succeed. In addition to hours spent on worksites and at ReStore, Tai completed the House2Home education series where she learned valuable skills regarding homeownership, maintenance, and personal and financial wellness. Right now, Tai is balancing work, raising her children, and completing the weekly Habitat sweat equity requirements, but she knows she is making a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. When asked what she is looking forward to most, Tai responded, "I am truly looking forward to owning my own home because it has been a dream of mine for some years. I believe everything happens when it is supposed to happen, so I am looking forward to when my blessing is complete. I can't wait to be able to say, 'This is our home and no one can take it away from us!' My sons will not have to worry about bills not being paid and losing the roof over their heads."

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 2829 Abbott Place Northwest
  • Canton, OH 44708
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Feb 03, 2018 08:30 am to
  • Mar 17, 2018 02:30 pm
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
Meghan DeNorscia
Meghan DeNorscia
6
Cody Rider
Cody Rider
6
Lia Westhafer
Lia Westhafer
6
jason bertram
jason bertram
6
Benjamin Eisel
Benjamin Eisel
6
Russell Clevenger
Russell Clevenger
6
Sarah Clevenger
Sarah Clevenger
6
Heather Clevenger
Heather Clevenger
6
brianne bixby
brianne bixby
6
DeMarcus Snowden
DeMarcus Snowden
6
About Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Welcome. 
Thank you for volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, believing in our mission, and supporting one important vision - to end substandard housing in your community. Here are some really important next steps and things to know about your upcoming volunteer day.  

What is a typical work day like?
8:30 a.m. | The work day begins. Please arrive a few minutes early so you can sign in and learn the day’s tasks and safety procedures.

10:00 a.m. | Short break and devotional. (A snack will be provided.) 

12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE:  Habitat does not provide lunches. Please have each volunteer bring his/her lunch. If lunch is being catered for the group, include enough food for the Habitat site supervisors, staff, and family. Adding five additional lunches will be sufficient.

2:30 p.m. | The work day ends.

What should volunteers wear?
You should wear appropriate clothing for the weather and the task. You could get hot, cold, sweaty, dirty, and dusty, and your clothes may get torn or stained. Your feet need to be protected, so closed toed shoes are required – no sandals! If your task is roofing, you must wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. No matter what, shirts must be worn at all times.

What should volunteers bring?
Water or Coffee | There will be water provided on the site, but bringing your own water is always a good idea. It is very important to stay hydrated on hot summer days. Please feel free to bring additional beverages, such as coffee, with you to the work site.

Hat and Sunscreen | If you will be working outside you’ll need to protect your neck and face from sunburn. Bring a hat and/or sunscreen.

Bandana | A bandana is great for wiping sweat from your face or soaking it in water to help cool you down. 

Gloves, Tool Belt, and Nail Apron | Habitat has a limited number of these items available, so if you have your own, please bring them.

Personal Tools | Habitat provides tools for the task of the day. However, feel free to bring your own tools, such as a hammer, tape measure, carpenter’s pencil, utility knife, or speed square. Make sure to label all your tools!

A Positive Attitude | Plan on having fun while putting in a hard day’s work. Remember the purpose for which you are volunteering – to build a quality home for a hard working family in need.

Worksite Courtesy and Safety
Smoking | There is NO SMOKING on any Habitat volunteer site.  If you must take a smoking break, please step away from the site.

Safety is our first priority | We’re not in a hurry. We’ll take the appropriate time we need to build the house as carefully as if it were our own -  with the best craftsmanship possible and in compliance with all applicable codes.

Pay Attention | The best way to ensure safety for all workers is to be aware of your surroundings, at all times. You need to look out for your fellow volunteers like they are looking out for you. If you see a potentially dangerous situation, let the Site Supervisor or someone know immediately. It’s also important to pay attention to the safety talk given at the beginning of your work day.

Protect Yourself | It is for your safety to wear any safety equipment provided to you by Habitat. This will depend on the scope of work for the day. In most cases you will need to wear eye protection and gloves. If you are framing a new home, you will be required to wear a hard hat. If dust bothers you, please wear a dust mask. Masks, gloves, eye protection, pants, and long-sleeved shirts are necessary when insulating.  If working outside, remember to protect yourself from the sun.

Follow the Site Supervisor | On each job site, the Site Supervisor is the boss. There may be other ways to perform a specific task, but we do things the Habitat way. Once the Site Supervisor makes a decision, please follow his/her directions.

Respect | Please show respect to the building and environment with which you are working. Please take care of the tools and return them to the proper place when finished. We do our best to conserve building  materials. We ask that you do the same. Respect your fellow volunteers. Work together, especially when cleaning up for the day, picking up trash and securing materials and tools. 

Learn | Most people that volunteer with Habitat are learning on the job. It is a great experience when you learn something new and are able to teach someone else. Learn as much as you can during your volunteer experience. You’d be amazed at the new things you’ll learn!

Thank you for building homes, communities, and hope with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

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