2018 Church of the Lakes Build

2018 Church of the Lakes Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing
Angela and Brian long for the day they have a decent, affordable home to call their own. Before applying for Habitat the couple pursued a conventional home loan so they could move out of their small, two bedroom apartment in Canton. At the time, Angie was pregnant with the couple’s third child and were hoping to secure a loan to purchase a home large enough to accommodate their growing family. After being denied because of affordability and credit, the couple read about the Habitat homeownership program online and decided to apply. Since joining the Habitat program, Angie and Brian welcomed their baby girl, Aubrey Rose, and continue to live in their overcrowded apartment. The apartment also has structural problems, including a leaking refrigerator, mold in the bathroom, air leaking around the windows, a broken thermostat, and neighborhood crime. Dirty water from the washing machines in the building’s laundry room backs up and floods their small patio space. Previous flooding inside the apartment has led to damaged flooring that has not been replaced. Angie and Brian know that it is time to find a more suitable place to raise their children Xavier, Braylon, and Aubrey.

a bright future
Angie and Brian have shown themselves to be hard workers in spite of hardships and set-backs along the way. Shortly after being accepted into the Habitat program, Angie was diagnosed with cancer and faced the uncertainty of receiving treatment while also being pregnant. Thankfully, God answered prayer and baby Aubrey arrived safely in November 2016. Angie was also given a clean bill of health after rigorous treatment and was able to go back to work and restart sweat equity with Habitat. However, Brian and Angie’s lives were shaken up again when they learned that both Xavier and Braylon are on the autism spectrum and in need of special assistance and therapy. In spite of all this, the couple has worked together to complete numerous hours of sweat equity on worksites, at ReStore, and in House2Home education classes. To provide for their family, Angie works in childcare and Brian in the food service industry. Soon, their family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! When asked what they look forward to most, Angie responded, “Being able to own something and not feel like we are throwing away our money on renting this apartment. Our kids can have their own room and a yard to play in. This will make a huge difference in our lives!”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 463 24th Street Northwest
  • Massillon, Ohio
  • 44647, 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 habitateco.org.

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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