Sanders Family | PFT Build
A volunteering campaign for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
About This Campaign
The Sanders family journey to homeownership began when they saw a billboard advertising Habitat for Humanity’s housing program in Tuscarawas County. Dalbert (Dale) and Chelsie have lived in various rentals over the past several years, moving from place to place to find something affordable for their family. Their current two bedroom rental home is cramped for their family of five, and has numerous structural problems. Although the windows themselves are fairly new, the wooden frames around all the windows are horribly rotten, filled with holes, or missing altogether. There is water damage on the bathroom floor, poor heat in one upstairs bedroom, missing outlet covers, sparking outlets, and gutters/downspouting missing around the outside of the house. The house has wood paneled interior walls that are warped badly in places, and the kitchen is very tiny with only three cupboards. The front porch is unsteady with rotting and missing floorboards and steps that are pulling away from the house. Although discouraged with the structural inadequacies of the home, Dale and Chelsie have not been able to relocate because of the challenge of finding an affordable rental in their neighborhood. They previously applied for a conventional loan but were not approved because of insufficient credit scores. When they saw the Habitat billboard, however, they realized their dream of homeownership was still a possibility and decided to apply. Dale and Chelsie are excited to provide their children, Avery, Layla, and Kyiah, with a place they can call home for years to come.
a bright future
Throughout their time in the partnership, Dale and Chelsie have invested numerous hours of sweat equity on worksites, at ReStore, and in House2Home education classes. They have shown their commitment to the program, and to achieving their goals, by making the weekly journey from New Philadelphia to Canton to complete their sweat equity requirements which will help prepare them to successfully make the transition from renters to homeowners. Along with completing Habitat requirements and spending time with his family, Dale works hard as a forklift operator to financially provide for his family. Soon, all their hard work will pay off, and their family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! When asked what they look forward to most about being homeowners, the couple responded, "Being able to be in a stable place with our kids where they can host friends and stay in their school district!"
Location / Venue
- 213 East 3rd Street
- Dover, Ohio
- 44622, USA
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.