Thompson Family Build

Thompson Family Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing
Future Habitat homeowner, Katie Thompson, is ready to provide her children with stable, safe, and permanent housing after years of moving from place to place. Katie’s ex-husband was in the military so the family moved frequently between various rentals and military housing. An Akron native, Katie decided to relocate to this part of the country after she and her ex split over a year ago. Trying to avoid high rent as the sole breadwinner for her family, Katie and the kids moved into a SMHA (Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority) row house in Canton. Although thankful for a place to live, Katie looks forward to purchasing a home of her own and moving to a new neighborhood. Currently, she worries about neighborhood crime, drug use by her neighbors in the surrounding units, and lack of outdoor space for her kids to play. The home also has water damage on the ceilings in some rooms, peeling flooring, broken outlets, and a back door that poses a safety concern because of how difficult it is to open. In addition, Katie would benefit from moving to a one story home because she has bursitis inflammation flare-ups in her knee which causes mobility issues and current difficulty getting to the second story bedrooms. The Thompson family is a close-knit group who enjoys family game or movie nights. Matthew, the oldest child, loves video games and is described by his mother as having a caring and incredible heart. Nine-year-old Olivia has a sweet disposition and is a big help to her mother. The baby of the family is feisty four year-old Sophia. Katie calls Sophia her miracle baby because she was born premature and overcame medical setbacks early in life. Soon the Thompson clan will have a place to call their own for years to come.

a bright future
Although she has not been in the program long, Katie has already invested many hours of sweat equity as she completes the House2Home education series and works at ReStore or on Habitat construction sites. Her bubbly, outgoing personality makes her a joy to work with in the classroom and on worksites. Katie is especially looking forward to completing rehab work on the home she soon is going to call her own! In addition to completing Habitat program requirements and raising her three children, Katie works hard to provide financially for her family as a certified medical assistant. When asked what she is most excited about when it comes to buying a Habitat home, Katie responded, “I have worked so hard to get here, and I just want a better life for my kids!” Together, Habitat and our community partners will help Katie achieve that goal

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • 2026 Indiana Way NE
  • Canton, OH 44705
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Apr 17, 2018 12:00 am to
  • Nov 30, 2018 12:00 am
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. To learn more, visit habitateco.org.

Volunteer Participant Hours Pledged
Lainey Diuk
Lainey Diuk
6
Trenton Eaves
Trenton Eaves
6
Ryan Seymour
Ryan Seymour
6
Isaiah Heaton
Isaiah Heaton
6
Katie Hickman
Katie Hickman
6
Gabriel Greer
Gabriel Greer
6
Paige Rushe
Paige Rushe
6
Justice Freese
Justice Freese
6
LEANNE PHILLIPS
LEANNE PHILLIPS
6
Lori Carlton
Lori Carlton
6
Sofia Horner
Sofia Horner
12
Logan Curry
Logan Curry
6
Michaela Morgan
Michaela Morgan
6
Patricia Hairston
Patricia Hairston
6
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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?
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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. 

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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.

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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.”