It all begins with home.

Families and children need a decent, affordable place to call home. The need is greater than ever, so we’re building more than ever. Click to learn about some of the ways we’re building homes and hope in East Central Ohio.


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Every one of us deserves a decent and affordable place to call home.


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Homes built and preserved in east central Ohio so far.

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It takes a lot of people, money, and prayer to build a Habitat for Humanity home. With your support, more East Central Ohio families and children can build a bright future on the strong foundation of decent, affordable housing.


provides 50 lbs. of nails


provides a bucket of paint


provides a kitchen sink


provides exterior doors


provides 50 lbs. of nails


provides a bucket of paint


provides a kitchen sink


provides a front porch


provides exterior doors


provides home insulation

We believe in a future that’s built on a strong foundation.

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 over 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.

IN THIS VIDEO: Katie built her home with Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio to offer her children the stability they need as they grow and develop. She’s proud of her accomplishment, and we are, too.

Investing in People

Since 1988, we have helped over 570 families achieve the dream of homeownership. Over 2,300 individuals live in the homes built and renovated by Habitat for Humanity volunteers and future homeowners in East Central Ohio. Approximately 1,800 of these individuals are children.

Investing Globally

We tithe 10% of each unrestricted donation to building houses in Bangladesh, Poland, and Lesotho – in southern Africa. In 2006, we were honored to become only the seventh Habitat ministry out of 1,700 to reach the $1 million mark in tithing. In 2016, we were named the top tithing affiliate in Ohio.

Considering Impact

Since Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Canton in 2005, thousands and thousands of tons of reusable materials have been diverted from landfills through merchandise sales and recycling. At ReStore, every donation and purchase helps us build and renovate homes with hard-working east central Ohio families and children.

Giving Our All

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a leader among U.S. Habitat for Humanity ministries. We’ve been named the #1 affiliate in Ohio, and since 1995, we’ve remained in the top thirty Habitat for Humanity ministries in the nation. We take these honors seriously and work tirelessly toward our ministry’s mission.

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio received Clarence E. Jordan Award

IN THIS PHOTO: Courtney Brown, Family Partnership Director (Left), Beth Lechner, Executive Director (Center), and Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford (Right).

We’re developing new and innovative ways to build strength and stability.

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.

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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!



Habitat for Humanity has been such a meaningful organization in my life- teaching me about how to truly be a neighbor to others. Habitat taught me how to collaborate and how to drywall, as well as how to watch a community rise up.

Rev. Sarah

Habitat Volunteer

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.


Habitat Volunteer

I continue to enjoy each and every Habitat day. And I always learn something new!


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


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.



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.


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


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.

Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio

At Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, we believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

NON-PROSELYTIZING POLICY Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is unapologetically Christian, radically inclusive. While we are a faith-based nonprofit, we will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to or convert to a particular faith. Questions? Send us a message.

© 2021 Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio. Located in Canton, Ohio. Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson counties in East Central Ohio. Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization: EIN 34-1595372. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed. Mailing address: 1400 Raff Road SW, Ste A, Canton, Ohio 44710.

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