Homes built and preserved with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio – So Far
A Bright Future, Rooted in a Deep History
In 1988, we began working locally with a small group of dedicated volunteers and their desire to eliminate poverty housing in our community. Today, we have served nearly 500 families and have changed the face of many neighborhoods. Through the years, we have maintained our unrelenting determination to offer families strength and stability by offering a hand up, not a hand out – but none of what has been accomplished so far would have been possible without the support we have received from our generous donors and devoted volunteers. We are so thankful for every dollar donated, every ReStore donation and purchase, and every hour of time given. As we look to the future, we remain excited about the opportunity to be a blessing to future homeowners, to work tirelessly with volunteers, and to continue transforming the communities of East Central Ohio.
Investing in People
Since 1988, we have helped nearly 500 families achieve the dream of homeownership. Over 2,000 individuals live in the homes built and renovated by Habitat for Humanity volunteers and future homeowners in East Central Ohio. Approximately 1,700 of these individuals are children.
In 2006, we were honored to become only the seventh Habitat ministry out of 1,700 to reach the $1 million mark in tithing. We tithe ten percent of each unrestricted donation to building houses in Bangladesh, Poland, and Lesotho – in southern Africa.
Since our first Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Canton in 2005, over 3,000 tons of reusable materials have been diverted from landfills through merchandise sales and recycling. Now that we’ve opened our second ReStore in Canton, there are more opportunities to donate, shop, and save items from landfills.
Giving Our All
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a leader among U.S. Habitat for Humanity ministries and we’ve been named the #1 affiliate in Ohio. Since 1995, we’ve remained in the top thirty Habitat for Humanity ministries in the nation.
Working to Develop New and Innovative Ways to Break the Cycle of Poverty
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio received national recognition as Habitat for Humanity International presented us with the Clarence E. Jordan Award, naming us Pioneers of Excellence for the creativity and innovation of our Homeowner Maintenance Education (HOME) program.
HOME teaches partner families the basic home maintenance and repair skills they will need once they purchase their own home. This instruction is made possible through tangible, hands-on learning with five life-sized modules at our Raff Road campus. We are grateful for this special recognition and remain challenged and humbled by the opportunity to continue forging new ways of investing in decent, affordable shelter for all people.
Courtney Brown, Family Partnership Director (Left) and Beth Lechner, Executive Director (Center), receiving the Clarence E. Jordan Award from Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford (Right).
This house will give me a new level of responsibility and setting goals for my children to reach – and having the ability to call the home mine!Calisha, Future Homeowner
As I reflect on my retirement, I realize one of the best parts about it is that I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Habitat. It’s a great chance for me to give back to God just a small part of all that He has given me over my life.Jim, Habitat Volunteer
I continue to enjoy each and every Habitat day. And I always learn something new!Katie, Habitat Volunteer
We are most excited about having a house for our kids to grow up in and being able to say this is our home, we built this from the ground up.James and Tiffany, Homeowners
I love the idea of freedom and having something I can call mine for my family. I hope that it will be the start to a great future and my life coming together for the better.Charlynn, Future Homeowner
Habitat is partnership – partnership between Habitat and families needing homes; partnership between Habitat and volunteers; partnership between volunteers and families; partnership among the volunteers themselves.Carol, Habitat Volunteer
It’s such an honor to have been able to go through this program. The friends we have made and the wonderful people we have met have been a blessing.Greg and Jennifer, Homeowners
Every Hand Makes a Difference
You can help a family discover the strength, stability, and self-reliance that comes with owning a decent and affordable home. Whether you volunteer or donate, when you partner with Habitat for Humanity you’re building a strong foundation for a brighter tomorrow.