DeHoff | Carlisle Family Build
A volunteering campaign for Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
About This Campaign
Like so many Habitat future homeowners, Jasmine is pursuing homeownership to achieve personal goals: owning a home by age thirty and providing a safe, stable home for her children. “No one in my family owns their home,” Jasmine explained. “I want to be the one to change that.” After leaving home at eighteen, Jasmine and her family spent approximately eight years in a SMHA (Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority) property. That rental home had many structural problems which persisted over the years they lived there. Eventually, a faulty furnace led to frozen pipes that burst and badly damaged the rental. This was the final straw for Jasmine who was already discouraged by the increasing rent that accompanied each advancement and pay raise at work. In the fall of 2017 Jasmine decided to temporarily move her family into her mother’s rental home so she could save towards purchasing a home or acquiring a better rental. Although grateful to her mother for sharing her home, Jasmine never expected how crowded the home would become as other family members also moved in. At the time she applied to Habitat, there were 12 people living the three bedroom rental! Ready to give her children a home of their own and hearing positive reviews about Habitat from friends, Jasmine contacted Habitat to begin the homeownership program herself. “I have a few friends who went through this program and absolutely loved it,” said Jasmine. “It seemed like a good decision for me to join, too.” When asked about her children, Jasmine spoke words of pride and praise over both her daughter and son. Ja’Nia is twelve and loves to read. Her mother says her sweet spirit can make anyone feel like the most special person. Dwight is a special kid himself. The ten-year-old is described by Jasmine as exceptionally genuine with the ability to make friends with anyone. This sweet family is beyond excited to embark on their journey home together.
a bright future
While Jasmine eagerly awaits the completion of her future home, she will be busy investing hours of sweat equity towards the home’s zero-interest mortgage. Part of her sweat equity will involve eleven weeks of House2Home education classes preparing for the maintenance and financial aspects of being a homeowner. She will also assist at the Habitat ReStore and on the worksites of others in the program until her house breaks ground. In addition to completing sweat equity hours. Jasmine works hard to provide for her family financially. She has been employed with a local financial institution for three years and enjoys interacting with customers. Although balancing family, work, and Habitat can be a tall order, she is excited and proud to be pursuing her dreams. When asked what she looks forward to most about being a homeowner, Jasmine responded, "Having something that is mine and a place that my children and I feel safe. My kids will have something that I can leave for them even after I’m gone."
Location / Venue
- 2155 7th Street Northeast
- Canton, OH 44704
- Oct 18, 2019 08:30 am to
- Oct 18, 2019 02:30 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.
- 2:30 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!