2018 Miller Golf Outing | Gonzales Family

2018 Miller Golf Outing | Gonzales Family

About This Campaign

family and current housing
Ian and Valerie Gonzalez long for the day they become homeowners and provide their children with a safe, decent, affordable place to call home. The Gonzalez family is currently living in the first-floor unit of a house that has been converted into three separate apartments. Overall, the home is not in terrible shape structurally, but there are some concerns. The windows throughout are old and have minor leaks, so there is frequently a light film of black mold on the windows and casings. There was previously a leak in the upstairs unit that left water damage on their bathroom ceiling and currently their bathroom plumbing leaks into the shared basement space. The house is heated by electric baseboards that do not provide adequate heating, so they use plastic on the windows and space heaters. Some shifting of the home’s foundation has resulted in a slight slope in the hallway and kitchen floors. The front stoop is pulling away from house. While considering their options, Ian and Valerie spoke to their bank about getting a home loan, but were not approved. Then, a friend of the family, who was currently building a house with Habitat, suggested they apply for the program. Ian and Valerie took her advice and are now well on their way to providing a new home for their children in Minerva. Nine year old Alexis is the oldest of the Gonzalez kids. Alexis is an intelligent, hardworking little girl who is in the gifted program at school. Middle child Alyson is a social butterfly who loves to sing and dance. Both Alexis and Alyson take dance classes and are on the competition team. Zachariah, the youngest child, is an energetic little boy who is always climbing, flipping, or swinging on something. The family enjoys being together and are very involved with the children’s dance studio and playing softball.

a bright future
Throughout their time in the partnership, Ian and Valerie will invest numerous hours of sweat equity on Habitat worksites and at ReStore. They will also complete the ten week House2Home education classes to prepare for the responsibility of owning their own home. They especially look forward to the days spent building their future home alongside volunteers. Ian and Valerie have proven their dedication to achieving their goal of homeownership as they balance raising their children, working to provide financially, and completing the Habitat program requirements. Soon, all Ian and Valerie’s hard work will pay off and the Gonzalez family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! “Owning our own home will make it more personal,” the couple said. “To be able to customize it to our liking will make it our home. Having a home instead of just another rental will provide stability for our children that we never had growing up.”

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 206 Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Minerva, Ohio
  • 44657, 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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