NewPointe Community Church - Canton | Vanderpool Family Build

NewPointe Community Church - Canton | Vanderpool Family Build

About This Campaign

family and current housing
When Habitat staff sat down with future homeowner Cottie Vanderpool to talk about her journey to homeownership and what this will mean to her family, she opened up about the long road that has led her to this exciting opportunity. For years Cottie and her children have moved between substandard rentals, and Cottie humbly admits it was often due to her poor decision making. But she refuses to be defined by past mistakes and decided to apply for Habitat after a coworker who recently completed the program encouraged her to do so. For the past three years Cottie and her children have lived in a rental directly across from the abandoned Lehman school building. The abandoned building draws loiterers, vagrants, drug use, mice, and other pests. Both her car and home have been broken into and vandalized. The home itself has issues, many related to faulty plumbing. There are buckets catching leaks under all the sinks; the claw-foot tub has leaked so badly the floor beneath is rotten, was removed in some places to reveal the plumbing, and leaks into the kitchen below; and the basement has flooded numerous times and now has a mold problem. Screens are missing from most windows; the heavy wood doors swell in the summer to the point they will not open or close; carpet was removed throughout but not replaced so the subfloor and tack strips are exposed; and the front porch is missing floorboards. After three years of dealing with these issues and others, Cottie is ready for a fresh start in a place she and her sons can call their own. Cottie’s oldest boys are twins Sebastian and Savian. Sebastian is perhaps shyer than his free-spirited twin, but both enjoy baseball and are straight A students. Cottie’s “little helper” is eight-year-old Javier who also plays baseball. The baby of the family is one-year-old Mateo. Mateo was born with club feet and is currently undergoing corrective treatment. Cottie’s immediate and extended family are a close group. Having a place to host family gatherings will be such a blessing.

a bright future
During her time in the Habitat program, Cottie has already invested numerous hours of sweat equity at ReStore, on worksites, and in House2Home education classes. Her outgoing personality and willingness to share made her a valuable member of the large group discussions in education classes. Although she enjoyed the classes and being helpful at ReStore, Cottie, like all Habitat Partner Families, is most excited for the hours she will spend building her family’s future home. In addition to raising her four boys and completing Habitat sweat equity hours each week, Cottie works fulltime as a clerk at a local pediatricic office – a job she has enjoyed for over eight years. Despite her busy schedule, Cottie has maintained a positive attitude and strong work ethic as she pursues her goal of homeownership. “To think of everything I have been through, the thought of owning something that is for me and my boys truly means everything to me,” explained Cottie. We couldn’t agree more!

Location / Venue

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.

Welcome! About Volunteering with 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. If you have a question that you don't see listed here, contact us and let us help.

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. 
  • 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.
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. 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.
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.”