Habitat's Hand Up to Families
Habitat empowers families by providing economic opportunity, home-ownership education, long-term partnership, hands-on learning, and the dignity of a hand up, not a handout. Our family services staff and volunteers carefully review the qualifications of each applicant to our home-ownership program. Guidance and support provided by trained family advocates, one-on-one budget counseling, formal home-ownership training classes, and a series of home maintenance workshops prepare our families for success as homeowners. After the family closes on their new home, we continue to offer support that includes opportunities to increase financial literacy and money management skills, and additional training in home maintenance.
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Habitat MidOhio owns and operates two home improvement resale stores, called ReStores. We collect donations of good-quality used, new, and surplus building materials and home products, and then sell these items to the general public at discount prices. ReStore profits offset our management and general expenses, allowing a larger portion of every donation to go directly to the Habitat home program. Our ReStores also serve to divert thousands of tons of reusable goods from local landfills each year, and our discount prices make remodeling and home improvement projects affordable for more local residents. Our original store, ReStore East, is located at 3140 Westerville Road in northeast Columbus, in the same building as our offices. In early 2012, we opened our second store, ReStore West, on the city’s west side at 240 North Wilson Road.
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Habitat's Volunteer Program
Habitat’s Volunteer Services department is our link to more than 5,000 volunteers each year who give their time and talents to help fulfill our mission. Each house is built by several hundred community volunteers working side by side with Habitat partner families. The construction labor donated by Habitat volunteers lowers the cost of construction and helps make our homes affordable for more low-income families. And Habitat volunteer work goes beyond construction--volunteers work in Habitat’s ReStore, serve on committees, provide administrative support, take photos at Habitat events, and much more. In return, Habitat volunteers receive the satisfaction of making a tangible and lasting contribution to improve the lives of parents and children in our community.
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Habitat Builds and ReBuilds
Our Habitat homes are simple and affordable, yet are designed and built to add value to the community. Our home rehabilitation program, called Habitat ReBuilds, was launched in 2010 to transform vacant, dilapidated single-family houses into like-new homes that meet the same high standards as our new Habitat homes. We serve the Weinland Park, Linden, and Hilltop neighborhoods in Columbus as well as the cities of Whitehall and Reynoldsburg, South-Western City Schools district, and Licking County. Many of our homes are sponsored by our six Adopt-a-House Partnerships based in Clintonville/Beechwold, Dublin, Hilliard, New Albany, Northwest Columbus, and Worthington. These partnerships include churches, faith groups, local businesses, and community organizations working together to provide financial sponsorship and volunteer support.
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Habitat's Women Build Program
As part of Habitat’s overall volunteer program, Women Build is a national initiative designed to recruit, train, and empower women to build Habitat homes. A Women Build construction site is like every other Habitat construction site, with one notable exception: all the construction volunteers and leaders are women. Habitat MidOhio launched the local Women Build program in 1998, and there are now eight Habitat homes in Columbus that were built entirely by women! Our Women Build program is made possible by a dedicated team of female volunteers who provide leadership and ongoing support, and by thousands of female construction volunteers from across our region. Women Build volunteers are encouraged and supported as they learn construction skills and develop their leadership potential. They leave at the end of each work shift with a powerful sense of accomplishment that they carry into their everyday lives.
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