NewPointe Community Church - Wooster | Abu Al Habil Family
A volunteering campaign for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
About This Campaign
Twenty years ago, Issa Abu Al Habil left his birthplace, Damascus, Syria, and came to the United States as a student. Today, as an American citizen, Issa is proudly pursuing the American dream of owning his first home and providing a safe, decent, affordable house for his children. Issa’s path to homeownership has been long, and, at times, difficult. He struggled financially and was often told he would never be able to purchase a home. After separating from his wife, Issa spent five weeks in a shelter which prevented him from being with his children. He eventually moved into a rental apartment. That apartment was a poorly converted basement without any bedrooms, so once again Issa struggled to have a place to house his children. He currently lives in a one bedroom apartment which is better, though still not a perfect solution for the father of two. When he heard about the possibility of affordable homeownership through Habitat, Issa decided to apply. Unfortunately, he did not initially qualify because of his debt history. Rather than be deterred, Issa worked to improve his financial situation and upon reapplication, was welcomed into the Habitat program. Although Issa humbly admits he sometimes feels like a failure as a father, it is abundantly clear that he is committed to doing right by his kids. “A house will create stability for them. A house will be safe. It’s something I have to do, I must do, for my kids,” Issa emotionally explained. “So, I’m grateful this is going to happen. It’s part of my journey.” Issa’s oldest child, sixteen-year-old Amira, is a sophomore who enjoys working with computers and may someday pursue a college degree in business. Nabeel is fourteen and an avid “youtuber.” This special young man is severely mentally handicapped. “In the long term, my son who is severely autistic will have a place for the rest of my life,” explained Issa. “And even after I’m gone it’s their house, so they will have that. I feel confident and happy about that!” For Issa, not being able to give his children a yard with a swing set feels like a past failure. But he joyfully looks forward to finally having a safe place for his family to enjoy and specifically to plant a garden for the first time.
a bright future
Like all Partner Families, Issa is working hard to provide this housing opportunity to his family. While waiting for his house to begin construction, Issa has thoroughly enjoyed building relationships and community connections during sweat equity on the worksites of other future Habitat homeowners. He also completed classes with a financial counselor to prepare for the responsibility of owning a home. Along with completing Habitat program requirements and being a father, Issa works hard to provide financially for his family at his retail job. Soon, all his hard work will pay off and Issa’s family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! “This place will be the first home I have ever owned, and it will be the legacy I’m leaving,” said Issa. “My kids will know I worked hard, and I put sweat equity into this house. It’s not just a house, it’s something I’ve worked on for years.”
Location / Venue
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- 2040 Williams Way
- Wooster, OH 44691
- Feb 01, 2019 08:30 am to
- Dec 31, 2019 04:00 pm
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. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.
- 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.
- 12:00 p.m. | Lunch break. NOTE: Habitat for Humanity does not provide lunches. Please have each volunteer bring his/her lunch.
- 4 p.m. | The work day ends. Based on the speed of volunteers, work day may end earlier.
- 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.
- 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. Please do not bring power tools and do 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.
- 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!