History and Accomplishments
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio, established in 1988
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 one 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 we serve in 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.
We tithe ten percent 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.
Since 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. 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 of Greater Canton is born through a small group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about the housing needs of the city’s working poor.
Through much prayer and hard work, the organization’s first home is completed in November.
Over 1,000 volunteers participate in the first multi-home blitz build, constructing 7 houses in 7 days on Canton’s southeast side.
Canton Habitat celebrates its 10th anniversary by building its 100th house.
To celebrate 15 years of ministry, the affiliate frames 15 houses in one week, including the 200th home built in Canton.
Following over a year of prayer and planning, and months of renovation work by dedicated Habitat volunteers, the Habitat ReStore in Canton opens in July at 2800 Leemont Avenue NW. The store serves as a fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton, and as a way to help keep usable items from being thrown in a landfill.
Our affiliate is honored to become the 7th affiliate in the nation (out of 1,700) to tithe over $1 million. As a proud participant in Habitat International’s tithe program, we donate 10% of all our undesignated funds to build homes with Habitat affiliates in countries around the world. We continue this important tradition today, as tithe dollars from our affiliate are used to build homes in Ghana, West Africa and El Salvador.
The affiliate expands its service area to become Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, striving to offer hope to families in Canton, Massillon and other areas of Stark and Carroll Counties. The ReStore also expands and moves to a new location on Cleveland Avenue NW.
The affiliate sets and reaches a record-breaking goal of serving 30 families in one year.
The affiliate marks 25 years of building hope, homes and community. Through the providence of a motivated seller and several very generous donors, the affiliate takes steps to achieving the goal of having all aspects of the ministry under one roof with the purchase of the building at 1400 Raff Road SW in Canton.
The affiliate officially completes a merger with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscarawas Valley, Inc., expanding coverage area to the East Central Ohio counties of Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson.
Our affiliate receives the Clarence E. Jordan Award from Habitat for Humanity International for our Homeowner Maintenance Education Program (H.O.M.E.).
Serving Stark, Carroll, Tuscarawas, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties officially renames to Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio.
Habitat for Humanity is named the 2015 Social Services Nonprofit “Brand of the Year” by The Harris Poll EquiTrend.
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity is named the 2016 Social Services Nonprofit “Brand of the Year” by The Harris Poll EquiTrend. Habitat earns the further distinction of being the “Most Loved” and “Most Trusted” in this category.
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity ReStore has been voted Favorite Thrift Store in The Canton Repository’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the third year in a row the Habitat ministry has received praise for being one of the top non-profits in the community.
For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio has been voted Favorite Volunteer Opportunity in About Magazine’s Local Faves. Habitat was also named the runner up for Favorite Non-Profit.
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio was recognized by Habitat for Humanity International for being the top tithing affiliate in Ohio during fiscal year 2016.
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio was honored to receive the Community Salute Award from the Canton, Ohio Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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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.
Habitat for Humanity East Central Ohio is a Christian, faith-based non-profit. However, 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.
© 2017 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. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed. Mailing address: 1400 Raff Road SW, Suite A, Canton, Ohio 44710.