Sanders Family | PFT Build

Sanders Family | PFT Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing 
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

  • Address:
  • 213 East 3rd Street
  • Dover, Ohio
  • 44622, USA
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

About Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

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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